Monday 17 June 2024

Yoga: An Ancient Gift to Modern Day Well-being

For a healthy life, we must remain fit inside and out. Yoga plays a crucial role when we talk about 360-degree wellness, which includes our physical, mental, and emotional health. Let us understand how Yoga, as an ancient gift, continues to enrich and transform lives in the complexities of modern existence.

Yoga, a practice with roots tracing back thousands of years in ancient India, has evolved from its spiritual origins to become a cornerstone of modern-day wellness. Its journey from ancient philosophy to mainstream practice illustrates its timeless relevance and adaptability. 

Yoga: An ancient gift to modern day well being

Ancient Origins of Yoga:

Yoga has its origins in ancient Indian texts, notably the Vedas and the Upanishads. Initially, it was a spiritual discipline aimed at harmonizing the mind, body, and spirit to attain enlightenment. 

Yoga evolved as a way to focus inwardly through meditation and release from worldly attachments. In ancient times, Yoga was practiced more as a method to find peace within, pushing aside the impurities in speech, mind, and body.

Ancient yogis valued both the physical and mental aspects of Yoga. They focused on poses, breathing, and meditation. Yoga was practiced in ancient India by Rishi Muni. The concept of dhyana or meditation dates back to the pre-Buddha and pre-Mahavira periods. Yoga was a means of self-realization, self-awareness, and one's relationship with nature, its creations, and ultimate reality.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali comprise 196 Indian sutras or aphorisms on Yoga. The Sutras codified the practices into an eight-fold path, encompassing ethical principles, physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), concentration, meditation, and spiritual realization. These ancient aphorisms (a short saying that requires interpretation) were later translated into many different languages, which helped the philosophy of Yoga reach the commoner.

Transformation in Modern Times:

As the world transitioned into the modern era, Yoga transformed. It transcended its religious and cultural boundaries to become a global phenomenon. Swami Vivekananda's introduction of Yoga to the West in the late 19th century sparked widespread interest. Since then, numerous yoga masterssuch as B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and T.K.V. Desikachar, have played pivotal roles in popularizing and adapting Yoga to suit modern-day needs.

Today, the modern world views Yoga more as a posture-based physical fitness technique that helps relieve stress and aids in body relaxation. Posture-based Yoga is known as Hatha Yoga. Hatha is the science of the body, which includes the use of asanas and breath control techniques to achieve a healthy body. 

Physical and Mental Health Benefits:

Yoga offers a sanctuary for holistic well-being in the fast-paced, stress-ridden modern world. Its physical postures promote flexibility, strength, and balance, enhancing physical fitness and preventing injuries. Moreover, the focus on breath awareness and mindfulness cultivates mental clarity, emotional resilience, and stress reduction. Scientific research has validated these benefits, demonstrating yoga's effectiveness in alleviating various health issues, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and hypertension.

Accessibility and Inclusivity:

One of Yoga's remarkable features is its inclusivity and adaptability. Regardless of age, fitness level, or background, individuals can engage in Yoga and experience its transformative effects.  Furthermore, the proliferation of online resources and yoga studios worldwide has made Yoga accessible to communities worldwide, fostering a sense of global unity and interconnectedness.

Spiritual Essence:

While Yoga has predominantly become associated with physical exercise in the modern context, its spiritual essence remains integral. Beyond the physical postures, Yoga offers a path for self-discovery, self-transformation, and connection with the inner self and the universe. The principles of mindfulness, compassion, and non-attachment taught in yoga philosophy resonate deeply with individuals seeking meaning and fulfillment in the materialistic world.

Green Yoga:

Yoga imbibes balance not only in our thoughts but also in the world we live in. The nature around us bestows us with positive energy, and Yoga helps us train our senses to identify this energy. Thus, Yoga and the environment are interdependent in a way. Yoga takes us a step closer to Mother Nature, aids in a better understanding of little things around us, harvesting our energy toward the betterment of all the living things around us. Where there is a positive flow of thoughts, there will be increasing creativity and sensitivity towards the place we live in.

Final word:

Though Yoga has seen many transformations, it keeps us glued to the ancient roots that have left immense wisdom to learn and seek answers inwardly for a healthy body and soul. 

Yoga is an ancient gift to modern-day humanity. It offers a holistic approach to well-being that encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions. Its timeless wisdom and adaptability inspire millions worldwide, transcending cultural, religious, and geographical boundaries. 

In the midst of the complexities of modern existence, yoga firmly guides us toward achieving balance, harmony, and inner peace in an ever-changing world.

Happy International Yoga Day!!

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Friday 31 May 2024

3 ways to give Protein as part of essential nutrients your child should consume #63PercentMoreProtein

While playing block games with my daughter, I told her that our body is also made up of building blocks called proteins. She was surprised at this, and her nonstop questions also raised my curiosity to know more about proteins. Being from a non-science background, I needed to learn about these proteins, so when I dug deeper to understand what they are and why they are considered essential nutrients for children's growth, I came across some interesting facts.

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Book Review: Spiritual Anatomy: Meditation, Chakras by Daaji

In a world where only one thing is precious to a person, it is Happiness. Yes, in the materialistic world, Happiness, and eternal peace of mind are what we all long for in our lives. Today, we are sharing the book Spiritual Anatomy: Meditation, Chakras, and Journey to Meditation, authored by Daaji.

Who is this book for?

Have you ever felt the urge to stay calm?

Do you look for Happiness after a hectic day?

Do you quest for the means of peace through various channels?

If you answered all three questions with a big YES, then you are on the right page to delve into a book review of Spiritual Anatomy.

Sunday 10 March 2024

Another Charm in a Swarm: ShortStory #StorytellersBloghop

Sneha peeped outside the window fitted with rusted rods running horizontally across its width. She saw a little girl holding her mother's hand, heading very fast towards the other end. "She seems new to this place," thought Sneha.

"Sneha, it's your turn now. Take this bag, and don't return it until it's full. Be careful with the station master." shouted a shrill voice. Once again, it's a new search, a search for little things from a hullabaloo of things lying hither and thither. 

Sneha, a little one of 9 years old, was left on the railway platform 2 years ago. Her caretaker always forced her to extend her limits. She has targets to meet, and the food she got depended on her search. Luck is not easy, though; extreme searches were her fate. She heard the cries of the baby beside a railway station drinking water tap. Nobody knew who left her there and where she came from. But Sneha recognized her as she saw her running behind her mother an hour ago. She thought, "Another little one abandoned by her family. I hope her luck takes her in good hands."