Why Should one practice Yoga ?
What is Yoga?
In sutra 2 of the first chapter, Patanjali has defined yoga as
योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः॥२॥ "yogascitta vritti nirodhah" (Sanskrit)
"Yoga is the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff"
What is the meaning of the word Yoga?
The word yoga itself means "union": of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means "to join" or "to yoke" .
Why one should practice Yoga?
- It's a great workout.
- It gets you in touch with your body.
- It can help your breathing technique.
- It can improve your sleep.
- It will improve your posture.
- It can develop your physical and mental strength.
- Meditation can change your life for the better.
Major Types of Yoga - There are various paths of Yoga as follows:
- Hatha Yoga : A system of physical postures, or asanas, whose higher purpose is to purify the body, giving one awareness and control over its internal states and rendering it fit for meditation.
- Karma Yoga : Selfless service to others as part of one's larger Self, without attachment to the results; and the performance of all actions with the consciousness of God as the Doer.
- Mantra Yoga : Centering the consciousness within through japa, or the repetition of certain universal root-word sounds representing a particular aspect of Spirit.
- Bhakti Yoga : All-surrendering devotion through which one strives to see and love the divinity in every creature and in everything, thus maintaining an unceasing worship.
- Jnana (Gyana) Yoga : The path of wisdom, which emphasizes the application of discriminative intelligence to achieve spiritual liberation.
- Raja Yoga : The royal or highest path of Yoga, immortalized by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and formally systematized in the second century B.C. by the Indian sage Patanjali, which combines the essence of all the other paths.