Origination of Yoga according to Yogic Culture
The Adi Yogi transformed himself as the Adi Guru and taught this knowledge to the seven sages, who are known as "Saptha Rishis" in Hindu culture. Then the "Saptha Rishis" were sent to different directions of the world to spread this knowledge.
Yoga is not only about bending body with certain postures and a technique of holding breath. This is a science of understanding the mechanism of the human system to reach the ultimate truth.
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Yoga consists of eight elements namely
• Yama or eternal oath,
• Niyama or observances,
• Yogasana or yoga postures,
• Pranayama or breath control exercises,
• Pratyahara or withdrawal of the senses from distractions of the outside world,
• Dharana or concentration on subject, place or an object,
• Dhyana or concentration through meditation and
• Samadhi or the ultimate stage of the yoga.
Therefore, Asana is one of these eight elements.
Importance of Yoga
In Sanskrit literature 'Aa' means 'along with gained' and 'sana' means 'going beyond'. Yoga practicing people must go beyond the steps named as Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dhyana or meditation, Dharana and reach the stage of Samadhi. A person gets directed towards self realization in the 'Samadhi stage'.
Self realization paves the path towards liberation or mukti. So the aim of Asana is not only for body fitness but also to reach the highest level of consciousness.
To understand and digest the supreme knowledge, first of all, everyone must be physically fit. Because the body is an instrument to experience and pursue the knowledge to gain wisdom.
The secret behind Rishi's or Sage's great knowledge achievement is the concentration and meditation by being physically fit.
A healthy body is the precondition for the Bhakthi Yoga and Jnana Yoga. Physical fitness has to be one of the goals of yoga but not the ultimate aim.
Benefits of Yoga over Exercises to body
- the normal intake of oxygen is maintained by yoga whereas in the physical exercises oxygen intake is more.
- In yoga, the respiration rate will be normal whereas in physical exercises, it will be more as the workouts are done quickly and make the respiratory system to work harder.
- Yoga practitioners require normal intake of food, whereas the physical exercise practitioners may need somewhat more.
- Yoga helps to create inner clarity and peace of mind, whereas not in the case of physical exercises.
- Yoga increases the adaptability and boosts the immunity system.
- Yoga helps to control the endocrine secretions which are responsible for the emotions. It leads to ease in the life with positivity.
- Yoga removes toxins from the body. Physical exercises may lead to develop toxins in some conditions.
- Normal heart rate and blood pressure in the case of yoga but increase in the case of physical exercise.
- Exercise stimulates body to produces acids whereas Yoga stimulates body to produce alkalies, which helps to balance hormones which are causes for emotions.
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