INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY
Yoga is the physical exercise performed for the well-controlled mind and the healthy body. It exists since ancient times when yogi’s started yoga and meditation for connecting with spiritual energy. There are several different types of yoga and many disciplines within the practice. In the modern world, the South Asian art of yoga has expanded to all corners of the globe. While it is now a popular form of exercise and meditation, this has not always been the case.
There is no written record of the inventor of yoga.
Male yoga practitioners are known as yogis, and female yoga practitioners are called yoginis. Both practiced and taught yoga long before any written account of yoga came into existence.
Over the next five millennia, yogis passed the discipline down to their students, and many different schools of yoga developed as the practice expanded its global reach and popularity.
The “Yoga Sutra,” a 2,000-year-old treatise on yogic philosophy by the Indian sage Patanjali, is a guidebook on how to master the mind, control the emotions, and grow spiritually. The Yoga Sutra is the earliest written record of yoga and one of the oldest texts in existence and provides the framework for all modern yoga.
Yoga is well known for its postures and poses, but they were not a key part of original yoga traditions in India. Fitness was not a primary goal. Practitioners and followers of yogic tradition focused instead on other practices, such as expanding spiritual energy using breathing methods and mental focus.
The tradition began to gain popularity in the West at the end of the 19th century. An explosion of interest in postural yoga occurred in the 1920s and 1930s, first in India and later in the West.
Fun facts about yoga:
1.Yoga improves orgasms and sex.
2.According to Hindu mythology, Shiva is considered the Supreme Lord of Yoga
3.Swami Vivekananda is credited for being the greatest proponent of Yoga in the West.
4.There are 196 Yoga Sutras or aphorisms.
5.Lenovo has a tablet named Yoga.
6.Research has suggested that yoga improves social and occupational functioning in schizophrenic patients.
7.The Guinness Book of World Records currently lists 85-year-old Bette Calman from Australia as the world’s oldest yoga teacher.
8.Ancient yogis believed that we only have a limited number of breaths in each life. Hence, it made sense to stretch our life out a bit longer by taking slow and deep breaths.
Risks and side effects of yoga:
1.Yoga is low-impact and safe for people when a well-trained instructor is guiding the practice.
2.Injury due to yoga is an infrequent barrier to continued practice, and severe injury due to yoga is rare. However, consider a few factors before starting.
3.Anyone who is pregnant or who has an on-going medical condition, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, or sciatica should talk to their healthcare practitioner before practicing yoga. They may need to alter or avoid some yoga poses.
4.Beginners should avoid extreme poses and difficult techniques, such as headstand, lotus position, and forceful breathing.
5.When using yoga to manage a condition, do not replace conventional medical care with yoga or postpone seeing a healthcare provider about pain or any other medical problem.