YOGA: a path to reality
“yoga is a tool to find the ultimate expression of life ”
The popularity of Yoga is increasing by the day, the history of yoga dates back 5th to 6th BCE. But it was first mentioned in Rigveda. In Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism yoga is a way to reach ‘moksha’(eternal life).the yoga sutras of Patanjali date back to the first half of the millennium CE.
Yoga was practised in India from a long time but it became famous in the west after the yoga gurus introduced it in late 19th and early 20th century after the success of Swami Vivekananda with his adaption of yoga techniques.
In western countries, yoga is often assumed as a physical exercise only but in the Eastern side and mainly in India it is considered something sacred something spiritual.
What is yoga?????
According to modern terms, yoga is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual exercise same as aerobics or daily exercise. But according to me, it is something more just than an exercise to keep you healthy. I think it is a complete path itself, and if it was just a kind of exercise I could have approached in one way or was just a form of art it could have approached in another. it may be a way towards a reality where one can know the true cause of his/her existence.
The word yoga itself essentially means “that which brings you to reality”. though the benefits of yoga are known worldwide, yet the fundamental purpose is often overlooked. yoga means to open up the circle and stretch it in a straight line so that if you follow the line you opens your gates to ‘moksha’.
From the things in the world to do for us, why yoga? Everything that a person does is an expression of himself. Some people like to sing, some like to write, some like to fight(showing violent expressions in them). one might be conscious, or might be unconscious about these expressions. But yoga, it is not an expression of who you are, it is about determining of who you are.
Today there are substantial medical and scientific shreds of evidence to show that the very fundamental activity of your brain, it’s chemistry and even your genetic code can be changed by practising different systems of it. This needed no conformation because we have always witnessed, but today it is backed by science too.
SOME BENEFITS OF YOGA:
1.HELPS IN DECREASING STRESS:
Yoga helps in dealing with stress and relaxes the mind.
Multiple studies have shown it decreases the secretion of Cortisol(primary stress hormone).
Inflammation is a normal immune response, but chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of pro-inflammatory diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. But practising yoga may help in reducing in inflammation.
3.Help in fighting depression:
Yoga has an anti-depressant effect and could help decrease symptoms of depression.
It is the first and the most obvious benefits of yoga.
5.Builds muscles strength:
Gyming might help you get your muscles toned, but yoga increases the core muscle strength.
The real essence of yoga lies in asanas. Yoga asanas are the simplest and easiest way to meditate our mind and body, including other benefits like giving strength and flexibility, relieves stress and may even cure diseases.
1.TADASANA – THE MOUNTAIN POSE:
Tadasana is one of the best and easiest asanas. Practising this asana regularly every morning gives a good massage to our hands, back, spine. This asana helps in increasing height also.
How to do it:
Stand with the bases of your big toes touching, heels slightly apart. Lift and spread your toes and the balls of your feet, then lay them softly down on the floor. Rock back and forth and side to side. Gradually reduce this swaying to a standstill, with your weight balanced evenly on the feet.
Firm your thigh muscles and turn them slightly inwards while lifting your knee cap.lengthen your tailbone and imagine a line of energy passing through your body.
2.TRIKONASANA YOGA – the triangle pose:
The Trikonasana exercise stretches and strengthens the muscles along with improving the functions of our body. This is a very good exercise for pregnant women. It also improves our balance and concentration power.
3.Dhanurasana Yoga – bow pose
This pose is very effective in losing weight. It helps in losing belly fat.it strengthens ankle, groin, chest and abdominal organs and spinal cord. It also acts as a stress reliever and gives flexibility to the back.
4.sirsasana – headstand position:
This position can cure insomnia, spine problems and also improves concentration powers and mental balance. It increases the blood circulation in the brain and improves the brains functions and memory.
5.Halasana – plough pose:
Halasana is known as plough pose which strengthens back muscles and gives flexibility. It cures indigestion and constipation as well as reduces stress. It stimulates the abdominal organs and cures abdominal problems. People suffering from diabetes should do this regularly. It helps to make spinal cord strong and flexible, strengthens the abdominal muscles, reduces stress, and cures the symptoms of menopause.
Kapalbhati pranayama is the most recommended breathing exercise which cures our stomach disorder and loses weight. Practising 3-4 minutes of KapalBhati pranayama regularly removes the toxins and increase metabolism. When done regularly, it is considered the most effective type of asana.
7.Bhujangasana – Cobra pose:
The cobra pose gives an excellent result for those who want to lose weight and increase metabolism. This pose improves the function of the liver, kidney, pancreas, and gall bladder. Those suffering from liver disease, headache, poor blood circulation, can be cured by this asana.
8.Setu bandhasana YOGA – bridge pose:
This exercise is very helpful for strengthening our legs and it also provides great balance power for the body.
9.Vajrasana – diamond pose:
This the simplest of all the asanas. This asana is the best for digestion, breathing and meditating.this asana brings stability to the mind. People suffering from gas problem must do this asana immediately after lunch and dinner. This asana acts as a pain killer for arthritis patients.