An Introduction to Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga

By Rick Jackson

The Origins of Yoga

When it comes to traditional mental and physical disciplines of human practices, we come to the term called yoga. Yoga originated from India and was associated with practices in meditative religious congregations branched in their philosophy. As of today, some people take yoga exercises for physical purposes and meditation. However, some people believed that there is nothing wrong in implementing yoga art as an exercise used in daily regiment promoting healthy living.

The yoga practice is merely more than a structure of physical exercise for health. It was an ancient course to spiritual growth which originated from India it is widely practiced.

The Paradigm of Yoga

The yoga history was based in the civilization of Indus Valley; the techniques they used were practiced to initiate spiritual growth. The yogis encourages combination with the Atman (transitory self) the Brahman (eternal self). The Hindus used the term Brahman to mean “GOD” which the Yogis thought that God is a spiritual substance and impersonal that co-exists with all of reality. This yogi doctrine was so called pantheism that views everything is God.

The Pre-Classical Yoga – the creation of Bhagavad-Gita. A mutually brought aspect in human existence; Jnana (knowledge), Bhakti (devotion), and Karma (cause and effect). It was then that the Gita tried to combine these three yogi traditions sacrificing ego through self-knowledge.

Classical Yoga – also classified as the Yoga Sutra and was composed by Patañjali (known to be as the founder of Yoga. He believed that every human being is composed of Purusha (spirit) and Prakrti (matter) and to which, the goal of Yoga is to give spirit its freedom from the material world.

Asana – Physical activity

Dharana – Concentration

Dhyana – Meditation that leads to Samadhi

Niyama – Religious and personal observance of devotion, purity and study

Pratyahara – Abstraction of senses

Pranayama – Breath regulation

Samadhi – Absorption in the sublime and blissful awareness

Yama – ethical conduct or self-restraint

Post-Classical Yoga – the development of Hatha Yoga and other branches of yoga. The time where human body was considered as the temple of immortal soul.

Modern Yoga – attributed to the yoga guru Swami Vivekananda and taught the Five Yoga Principles.

Proper Breathing (Pranayama)

Proper Diet

Proper Exercise (Asanas)

Proper Relaxation (Savasana)

Positive Thinking and Meditation (Dhyana)

The Forms of Yoga

If you would like to pick up yoga, you would like to buy a good yoga mat so that you can practice it at home in your own covenience.

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