Yoga is as ancient as human civilization itself. It is the part of old Indian cultural heritage, established and developed in this nation and appreciated throughout the world now.
The word ‘Yoga’ in Sanskrit means "to unite” and so yoga as a word describes a unitive discipline. In other words, it is a type of exercise which helps in moral and mental cultivation that generates good health (arogya), contributes to longevity (chirayu) and the total fundamental discipline that culminates into positive and perennial happiness and peace.
Additionally, the common understanding of the word ‘Yoga’ is accurately depicted by the Sanskrit word “asana”, which means the practice of physical postures or poses. Asana is only a trivial part of the overall meaning and branches of Yoga. It is more than just a form of physical activity; it has more to offer for your mental and spiritual well-being. Yoga is an art form and science that not only affects the conscious mind but also impacts your subconscious mind.
The Origin of Yoga
Very little was known about this Vedic practice until the Yoga Institute of Santa Cruz, Mumbai was founded in 1918, which became India's oldest technical institute on Yoga. Yoga had its origin in the wandering ascetics who sought the solitude of the forests to practice this ancient science and then imparted their knowledge to the ardent students who lived in their ashrams. The ancient yogis were possessive about this art form and did not make any effort to popularize yoga. The yogic postures and the subsequent stages of yoga were handed down only to the deserving students. Hence, this science remained limited to the confines of the forests or remote caves. Read More