The word ‘Yoga‘ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’ It can be defined in many ways. Yoga is a holistic multi-dimensional system of health and well-being that focuses on the mind and its functions,
According to Patanjali, the father of Yoga, “Yoga is the control of thought waves in the mind”
It is both spiritual and physical . It is an attempt to join the body and the mind. It helps to strengthen the mind and the body. A healthy mind in a healthy body. It is also a means to facilitate a spiritual awakening.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras provide the traditional foundation of yoga, in which he outlines an eightfold path of the practice. Known as the ‘Eight Limbs of Yoga,’ this path offers a guide to individuals who are dedicated to creating a union between body, mind and spirit. The eight limbs of yoga are yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption).”
There are different schools of yoga. A lot can be said about it……..
In the present days Yoga is also used as a therapeutic tool for many physical and mental conditions, and mind-body research is now demonstrating its effectiveness as a treatment for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease diabetes and so on.
The Bhagavad Gita, delivered by Lord Krishna to his disciple Arjuna, just before the commencement of the war on the battle field of Krukshetra in the Mahabharata , composed by Sage Vyasa , is an exposition of Yoga. that encompasses all aspects of life and guides man through the vicissitudes of life .