With a history back from as early as 5000 years, Yoga is being practiced for centuries for both meditative as well as spiritual use. Believed to have origins in Indus-Sarasvati Civilisation of ancient India, Yoga has now found it’s way to all over the world as a physical fitness and relaxation technique.
Yoga was introduced to the western audience in the late 19th century by Swami Vivekananda, who actively advocated various aspects of Yoga during his tours around European and American countries. Later on, through influences of many Theosophists and various movements, Yoga had been labelled into various types and forms, as we see today, giving a new light to the philosophy of ‘transcendence’.
In current times, Yoga is accepted as a physical activity consisting different forms of asanas and breathing exercises. Indian Hath Yoga accompanied with western styles of gymnastics has been popularised for years as a new wave of Modern Yoga.
With as many as 84 classical asanas, the traditional goals of Yoga, mainly spiritual liberation, has been substituted with goals of physical fitness and mental relaxation. Evidences show that regular practice of Yoga leads to a number of health benefits including improved back function and better mental health.
With a yoga a day, internal mechanism of human body focuses to function better, mind becomes clearer and heart gets healthier.
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