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Yoga: Your Gateway to Inner Perfection The existence of Yoga goes way back to the times unknown. The word itself is of Sanskrit origin that is derived from the word ‘Yuj’ meaning join or unite. Here union basically signifies the alliance of inner self with peace, integrity and calmness of both mind and body. Yoga and meditation was believed to have been originated at the Golden era which somewhat dates back to 5000 years ago. At this time, the civilization was getting formed and people were discovering the styles of living. And Yoga was said to be one of the most prominent form of exercise that was practiced largely by them. Its complete account has been given by a sage named Patanjali. The previous exposition and the latest ones As described by Patanjali in his book “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras”, he described that Yoga has 8 stages of art form that every practitioner must master. These 8 stages were called “Ashtanga Yoga”. These stages were named as:        

Yama Niyama Asana Pranayama Pratyahara Dharana Dhyana Samadhi

With every passing time, Yoga gained popularity and spread from this eastern to western world. Wherein Yoga used to be a stillness of mind with the meeting of spirit for Hindus and Buddhist, the western culture saw it to be a means of physical activity. There are various ‘Asanas’ or postures that have been developed and have affected the body and mind equally for the doer. Some of those asanas are mentioned below:


Sun salutation: Also known as Surya namaskar yoga. It is a great practice that maintains the flexibility and weight of the body. The various postures are good for people as it circulates blood throughout the body. Mountain Pose: Traditionally known as Tadasana Yoga. Practising this asana is very effective as it maintains or corrects the posture of back and spine while you stand erect with your hands joined above your head. Cobra pose: Called as Bhujangasana. This is one of the perfect asanas for those who want to lose weight and increase metabolism in the body. It has been claimed to reduce any spine disorder, indigestion, constipation or poor blood circulation problem. Tree pose: This is called as Vrikshasana. In this the person stands erect with hands above his head. One of the leg is bent at the knee and is joined to the thigh of another leg by feet. This gives best result when done in the open air. It increases focus, balance and concentration. Half Wheel pose: Ardh Chakrasana- its other name. In this you need to bend your back in an arch but do not fully touch your hands to the ground. This posture will tome up your body for good and will give flexibility as well. Neck stretches: This is one of the simplest Yoga forms. It could be done by just sitting on a chair. It is actually a few neck stretches from one side to other and full rotation and loosen ups the muscles of neck. The stretches should be made very slowly or else it might become painful afterwards. It is perfect remedy for those who are suffering from neck and shoulder pain. Standing Forward Fold pose: This is known as Uttanasana. In this the person bends forward fully while touching his feet from behind with his hand. It gives deep shoulder stretch. It also stretches your legs and increases blood circulation in the process. Kapalbhati Asana: This is one of the finest breathing exercises. It has helped people in reducing weight mainly belly fats while curing any indigestion problem


in the process. It works wonder for people who have sinus or any respiratory problem. King Dancer: The other name for this pose being Natrajasana. This pose strengthens your balance, improves flexibility and stretches your shoulders. For this you need to bend your leg backwards up in the air, touch the arm of the same side to the leg and out stretch the other arm and head in a forward stance.

Inner peace is the elixir for a good health and ultimately good life. Yoga helps in attaining that by improving our concentration and bringing in a calmness of mind that is essential in every walk of life. Adopt the practice and feel the changes within you.

Yoga: Your Gateway to Inner Perfection  

The existence of Yoga goes way back to the times unknown. The word itself is of Sanskrit origin that is derived from the word ‘Yuj’ meaning...

Yoga: Your Gateway to Inner Perfection  

The existence of Yoga goes way back to the times unknown. The word itself is of Sanskrit origin that is derived from the word ‘Yuj’ meaning...

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