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Yoga means not only contemplation but also communion and yoking all powers of the body, mind and soul to God. It is a very ancient and efficient system of disciplines and controls designed to produce the integration of the body, mind and spirit. It also achieves higher states of awareness and self–realization by methodical efforts to attain perfection.
The therapeutic benefits obtained by performing the asanas are well known. The circulation of the blood is improved, tensions can be removed, and a feeling of well–being is induced. The muscles are strengthened, nerves soothed and physical endurance is increased. One important aspect is that blood vessels and nerves for the internal organs are “Massaged” by the twists and bending, ensuring proper functioning. Ageing bodies can have fewer aches and pains, stiffening of joints can be healed and depression alleviated.
Often mentioned are the following divisions of yoga
- Hatha Yoga
Concerned, primarily with the body and the asanas.
- Bhakti Yoga
Path of love and devotion.
- Mantra Yoga
Recitation and repetition of words and verses.
- Karma Yoga
Service through action and work.
- Jnana Yoga
The intellectual path.
- Raja Yoga
Synthesis of Bhakti, Karma and Janan.
- Laya Yoga
The secret path, the ‘Yoga of Dissolution’.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a philosophy brought down diligently through the ages. And, it has acquired more significance now because of the “Stressed out” way of life that we live in this fast paced world filled with pressure, anxiety and energy consuming routine.