Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment. This is a simple definition.
Yoga is an old discipline from India. It is both spiritual and physical. Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise and meditation. It claims to improve health and happiness.A person doing yoga will move from one posture (called asana) to another. For example, the “sun-salutation” contains 12 poses of asanas, one after the other, and is said to help balance body and soul. The “sun-salutation” is popularly known as “Suryanamaskar”.
Important yoga words (Eight Organs of Yoga)
- Yama: Positive Rules of meditations
- Niyama: Prohibitory Rules of meditations
- Asanas”: physical postures and movements
- Pranayama: Breathing techniques
- Prtyahar: Controlling the mind
- Dharana: Gazing inward
- Dhyan: Meditation with object
- Samadhi: Meditation without object
- Dhyana: Meditations
- mayoga (Tapa), Gyanyoga (Swadhyay) and Bhaktiyoga (Ishwar Pranidhan).
Types of yoga
- Classification based on mind and body.
- Rajayoga: Emphasizes the most on exercise
- Hathayoga: Emphasizes the most on exercise of physical body.
- Classification based on way of spiritual life.
- Gyanyoga: It is a way of knowledge.
- Karmayoga: It is a way of work.
- Bhaktiyoga: It is a way of worship.
- Classification based on a way of other things.
- Swaryoga: Emphasizes the most on breathing.
- Kriyayoga: Emphasizes the most on blending Kar