Tradition of Yoga in the Indian Society

By Jennie Gandhi

Yoga has a deep hidden philosophy of life that harmonizes the body, mind, and soul. The term was originated from a Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ that means ‘union’ or ‘joint’. As the name suggests so does the traditional spiritual activity reflects the true life’s philosophy.

Yoga took birth as a form of spiritual attainment during the Golden Age. It dates back to almost 26,000 years ago or the time of ‘Sat Yuga’ that we commonly refer to as. It was founded by Sage Patanjali in the city of Rishikesh that is now considered to be the city of Yoga. It is a beautiful holy city situated at the foot of Himalayas on the banks of River Ganges.

This traditional activity is also found in the pages of Bhagavadgita and Upanishads. Infact it forms an integral part of the Hinduism that practices certain activities to ensure freedom from negativities and attainment of spirituality. Many intellectuals and known people in the old age are credited for spreading the divine message of yogic activities in order to attain the supreme goal of life. It is the Hindu religion that has paved path for the endearing acceptance of yoga worldwide.

It is also believed that during the Golden Age when Yoga was introduced, Indian society also witnessed the birth of a new community known as Buddhism. Both yoga and Buddhism follow the same beliefs and principles and work in synchronization for a common supreme goal.

The basic principle of yoga is purification. It is believed that human body is filled with many impurities and the negativity that actually hamper the peace of mind and greatly affects the purity of the inner soul. The great yogis of the country have discovered the influence of impurities on human mind and hence they took way of yoga to get way with a pure body and mind. This purification of body, mind, and soul is the actual philosophy that helps attain real wisdom and spiritual liberalization.

In the modern era, yoga has become an indispensable part of Indian culture and tradition. Everyone across the country tries and takes out some time for yogic activities from their busy schedule. This helps them relive daily pressure and keep their mind at ease. It also helps to improve working capacity, offer a positive approach, and review moral values. Apart from this, yoga is a perfect remedy for various diseases and ailments like diabetes, digestive disorders, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and heart conditions.

To sum it up, yoga is a divine pathway to a healthy and pure body, mind, and soul.


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