Yoga: Etymology, definitions, aim, objectives and misconceptions
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What is Yoga?The word Yoga is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Yog’, which means ‘Jod’ in Hindi or ‘Joining’ in English. This is joining of ‘Jivatam’ (Human) with ‘Parmatma’ (God). Through the pracice of Yoga, one can have Self-realisaion and achieve God. ‘Yog’ word became Yoga in English.
Fig: Yoga Pose
Fig. Human Body Parts that are Positively Eﬀected by Yoga
Yoga is practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system for development of the body, mind, and spirit. The regular practice of yoga will not only lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, but will also give you a feeling of being at one with the nature. In the present time, more and more people, especially the Westerners, are resorting to Yoga to find a cure for chronic health problems and attain a peace of mind. They are also curious about knowing what exactly is Yoga and what all are included in it. Although many of us are well aware of the health benefits of Yoga, not everyone knows about the origin and exact definition of Yoga. It is a popular belief that Yoga merely includes stretching and warm up exercises.
Fig: Dhyan Mudra in Yoga
Fig. . Bhujangasana in Yoga
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