Yoga has its roots in the Hindu Upanishads, the word YOGA means “union”, the goal of Yoga is to sync one’s transitory (temporary) self, “JIVA” with the infinite “BRAHMAN” concerning the cosmos. It is a form of natural workout focusing on our mental and physical fitness.
The precision of a basic yoga routine including the asanas, mudras and breathing activities. It allows freedom of connection between our mind, soul, and body, hence it improves attentiveness and relieves stress.
TREATS OUR ILLNESS
The regularity of early morning yoga, not only serves mental peace by Pranayam i.e inhaling of fresh air and exhaling the toxic but also, since yoga aims at pressure points (meridian points) highlighted by Ayurveda, it helps to boost our immune level and prevent ailments such as thyroid, acidity, body ache, migraine and other health disorders.
FRATERNITY OF GOD
Primarily favored by almighty, most of the yoga techniques are to unite human thoughts to God and deliver purity. Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskar – In respect of greeting the Lord of Sun, This form includes 12 linked asanas performed while chanting 12 different mantras. It energizes the body, cures blood pressure, activates brain cells and averts memory loss.
Meditation – A spiritual journey of the soul away from humanism.
Pada Padmasan (quarter lotus pose) – The introspective meditation posture that allows the brain to exfoliate all emotions and connect to God, builds focus and concentration. Aloud “Om” chanting – “Om” is believed to be the first sound recorded from cosmic vibrations. The level of focus and clarity the repetition of Om mantra gives is beyond comparison. It filters our sense of vision, strengthens vocal cords, provides deep relaxation since our heartbeats with regular frequency and the vibe of “A-u-m” sound purifies the environment within and out.
SPECIFICATION OF DIFFERENT YOGA TYPES
There is a wide variety of yoga disciplines to choose from.
1. HATHA YOGA – The skills described in Hatha Yoga harmonize and purify the body systems and focus the mind in preparation for more advanced chakra and kundalini practices. The Hatha Yoga routine includes asana along with the six physical and mental detox techniques, mudras and bandhas.
2. POWER YOGA – Power yoga is a more responsive approach to the traditional Hatha yoga poses. The Ashtanga yoga poses are performed more quickly and with added core exercises and upper bodywork. The sequences are not the same every time, and there is often upbeat music. Vinyasa yoga can also be Power yoga, depending on the gym or studio that is hosting the class.
3. IYENGAR YOGA -The emphasis on this practice is alignment in the asanas using breath control through pranayama and the use of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, and straps.), It aims at improving postures and supportively makes us active.
4. ASHTANGA YOGA – Ashtanga means “eight limbs” and encompasses a yogic lifestyle. The activities and asanas practiced are usually performed without music, and sometimes without verbal instruction (in silence). Creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation.
5. RESTORATIVE / VINYASA YOGA – “Vinyasa” means linking breath with movement. The postures are usually done in a flowing sequence, or “vinyasa flow. It helps in constructing balance and sync between our restorative motions.
THE TECHNO SAVVY WORLD AND YOGA
Under the quick adaptive environment and dynamic developments of modern life, the comfort of yoga and its relevance is in abundance. Though the development of science and technology simplify life it also has an adverse effect on our life. The economic, social, and environmental situation, the human being is suffering both mentally and physically. Although we have hi-tech medical facilities, obesity, cardiac problems, issues of hypertension are leading us towards an unhealthy and unstable living which can be opposed and removed with yoga since it can bring peace to our body, mind, and soul and add more value to our life. The pressure of career, anxiety, insecurity and as technology suggests fear of competition is perpetual among the masses and this stress can be relieved through the practice of yoga. It provides positivity, teaches concentration, mental stability and improves our creative thinking process. In the middle of hustle and bustle of modern life, our emotional control deteriorates each day but the power of yoga can help us in the maintenance of the same. Therefore another importance of yoga in modern life can be that it improves our muscle strength, caters immune and stamina. The regular practice of Yoga supports our daily routine and helps us to accept whatever physical or mental conditions we might come across, we can overcome them by increasing our immediate sense of well being, consistency, and calmness.