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Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that denotes a variety of schools, practices and individual goals the best-known being Hatha yoga and Raja yoga. Practice of Yoga leads to a holistic approach to health and humanity. Yoga postures and conscious breathing practice has proved to prevent and cure numerous diseases as well leading to a happy and healthy life. An individual practicing yoga in its real form and purity is known as a Yogi.

The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic South Asian traditions. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga. Yoga is a practice for the mankind irrespective of creed, cast and origin and is about an individual and his body.

According to Saint Patanjali, Yoga is a complete calming of the movements of the mind. Through steady practice and detachment, when the seer-practitioner restrains the five mental activities – perceived knowledge, misconception, imagination, sleep and memory, then the seer is established in his own essential and fundamental nature, then it is Yoga.

According to Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev: Yoga does not mean some physical postures: twisting oneself into some impossible postures only. Yoga means to be in perfect tune. Your body, mind and spirit and the existence are in absolute harmony. When you fine-tune yourself to such a point where everything functions so beautifully within you, naturally the best of your abilities will just flow out of you.

 EFFECTS OF YOGA
Leaving aside the spiritual benefits that Yoga offers, Yoga also provides various health related materialistic benefits.

  • It strengthens the concentration, the determination and moulds the character to sustain various tensions in the materialistic world.
  • With the practice of various asanas (postures) it keeps the ills such as diabetic, high and low blood pressure away or in control
  • It improves core strength of the body, endurance, flexibility
  • With the practice of Pranayam (breathing technique) and other postures, the glands and muscles are flexed which cures various diseases, particularly caused because of bad food habits and irregular lifestyle. The constipation and ulcer are examples of this.
  • Yoga strengthens the entire digestion process, making every part of the body healthy, light and active.
  • Yoga also keeps the respiratory and allergy problems away and increases immunity.
  • Yogic exercise and Yogic diet dissolves the fat, which makes the body light and it remains healthy, fit and attractive.
  • Through Yoga, we can experience the inner happiness and calm attitude. Source: book – “Yoga for Everyday Life” by N.V. Raghuram