regarded as a divine science of life, revealed to
enlightened sages in Meditation. Stone seals in the
Indus Valley which date back to around 3000BC show Yogic
postures and this is the earliest archaeological
evidence of Yoga 's origin. These Yogic postures,
resemble Lord Shiva and Parvathi (Indian God and
Goddess) performing various Aasanaas (Postures) and
practicing meditation. The Vedas - huge collection of
ancient INDIAN scriptures - dating back to 2500 BC first
mention Yoga .
The tradition of yoga was born in India several thousand
years ago. Its founders were the Rishis and Maharishis,
great saints and sages practicing in the Himalayas .
Yoga was also mentioned in the Upanishads , the
Upanishads, and the Puranas (holy texts of the Hindu
religion). Infact the Upanishads provide the main
foundation of Yoga teachings.
The meaning of yoga comes from the Sanskrit root "Yog"
"to join" or "to unite," and indicates the total
integration of the individual soul with the supreme or
divine soul to obtain relief from pain and suffering.
Charaka wrote that yoga is the means of salvation (moksa),
which is the end of all miseries (vedana). YOGA is an
ancient form of physical movement that has its roots in
INDIAN culture and philosophy. The practice of YOGA
employs the use of various physical motions that are
believed to be essential to achieve a sense of both
physical and mental well-being.
Principles of Yoga
Patanjali's Eight Principles of Yoga
of breath (pranayama)
of Senses (pratyahara)
scientific researchers have proved that yoga helps
manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain,
blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue,
depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart
disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions
and diseases. What's more, yoga:
· Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength
· Reduces stress and tension
· Boosts self esteem
· Improves concentration and creativity
· Lowers fat
· Improves circulation
· Stimulates the immune system
· Creates sense of well-being and calm.
Rishikesh, the Mecca for
peace seeker through Yoga & meditation has now many Yoga
Centers and ashrams & guest houses conducting yoga
classes. One can experience and initiate a new life by
learning & practicing yoga.