Get ready for Yoga Day

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The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre vedic times.  However experts say that it is most likely developed around the 6th and 5th  centuries  BC.

Some well known forms of Yoga are

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Experiencing reality through a process of crystallization carried by doing different fors of meditation.

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A state of spiritual liberation of enlightenment through the “ realisation “  or the attainment of    “ oneness “ with God.

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A form of yoga based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. It is the process of achieving perfection in action.

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It emphasizes on awakening “ kundalini energy “ through regular practice of meditation pranayama chanting mantras and yoga asanas.

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It refers to a system of physical techniques supplementary to broad conception of yoga. In the 20th century hatha youga particularly the asanas became popular throughout the world and is now colloquially termed Yoga.

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Apart from the spiritual goals the physical postures of yoga are used to alleviate health problems reduce stress and make the spine supple in contemporary times. Yoga is also used as a complete exercise program and physical therapy routine.

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Designed by Bikram Choudhury this style features youga poses in a sauna like room with temperatures pushing upto 100 degrees F. Choudhury sequenced a series of 26 hatha postures to address the proper functioning of every bodily system.

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This is a purist form named after B. K. S Iyengar. Props like blocks straps harnesses and incline boards are used to get you more perfectly into positions.

download (2)Yoga sutras of Pantajali constitute the classical ashtanga yoga { the 8 limbs } also called Raja yoga. The ultimate stage of yoga practice one nearing Samadhi.

Buddhist meditation encompasses a variety of meditation techniques that aim to develop mindfulness  concentration supramundane powers tranquility and insight.

Meditation in Jainism aims at realizing the self attain salvation take the soul to complete freedom.

Muslim clerics have also said that yoga should not be connected to a particular religion and it is a perfect exercise for sound health.

imagesJune  21st International Yoga Day

Courtesy       DECCAN CHRAONICLE

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