Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Yoga is the mental ,physical practices which originated in ancient India .The purpose was to still the mind.To attain divinity.yoga became a formal philosophy with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.Yoga practices are found in Buddhism,Hinduism & Jainism.Indian gurus popularised Yoga in the West mainly as physical exercise.Slowly & surely ,Yoga began to be favoured  to treat conditions like depression ,schizophrenia along with Medicines.

Human beings are unlike xerox copies of each other.Hence specific yoag asanas can help each person to reach maximum potential.Yoga is preferred as it not prone to injuries unlike other vigorous forms of exercises.

Studies have proved time & again that yoga offers numerous health benefits.Yoga is the total health package consisting of postures,breathing methods & meditation.Yoga asanas like Kapal Bhati & Suyanamaskar help in losing weight.Slowly ,as one practises yoga,awareness about body needs increase.This leads to seek food which will suit the body & this  eventually leads to weight loss. Yoga gives relief from stress.Women who are depressed are advised to opt for yoga to overcome depression.Yoga asanas involve stretching of  the body .Hence,muscles  get strengthened & body parts get massaged.This improves immunity.Yoga makes bodies strong ,supple & flexible.

Kapalbhati pranayam increases oxygen flow to the brain & body.Vajrasana is meant to relax both mind & body.there are yoga asanas for controlling hair loss as well.Some of them are Adho Mukha Svanasana,Uttanasana,Ustrasana &  Sarvangasana.There are many asanas to correct various ailments.

The National Institute of Mental Health & Science ( NIMHANS),Bangalore has come up with a yoga package to treat disorders like depression & schizophrenia.The doctors at NIMHANS have been comparing  the effects of yoga & medicine in treating certain disorders. The results are  encouraging.

In July,2013 ,an American Court in ruled that  Yoga is  secular.He was passing an order in acse wherein some schools had pulled out their wards from the school.Yoga was being taught in the school.Some parents were apprehensive that this  was promotion of  Eastern religions.The judge disagreed .He  declared that yoga is now  " a distinctly American cultural phenomenon " .That goes to show that Yoga is for all ! It has a Universal appeal !

This  is  my blog post for "Y " for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

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Prathima Rao said...

Am all for Yoga :)

Vasudha Rao said...

Thank you,Prathima !

JANU said...

Am all for yoga too....provided I get a guru who concentrates on imparting good yoga education rather than who is just another 'fancy' guru who commercializes this.

Vasudha Rao said...

Thank you ,Janaki ! Yes,a good teacher is a necessity for learning Yoga .

Michelle Liew said...

I try to do it regularly. One of the most relaxing exercises I know!

Jean said...

One of my dear friends is beginning her journey to become a teacher of Yoga. I am so proud to know her.
I hope that soon I may begin this practice, which has been popular with one of my aunts for over 30 years, is one of my sister's favourite pastimes, and one of my best friend's as well. Thank you for the history of this great holistic activity which is more than the sum of its parts. and hooray for the US law, being sensible.

jean xox

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