Each one of us is responsible for our choices, actions, and, in turn, our health. What we fail to understand is that health is not merely the absence of disease. It’s a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing. But, deep down at the grassroots of Indian philosophy, health has another meaningful dimension of spiritual wellbeing as well.
Yoga is a perfect blend of philosophy and health science. One who practices yoga could open up to a whole new perspective towards the way of living life.
What is Yoga?
The origin of Yoga dates back to ancient India, around 26,000 years ago. It has survived the test of time and has adapted itself to modern civilization. The power of Yoga is so commendable that it has marked its presence all across the globe.
Yoga is an art of controlling the activities of the mind. The word itself exudes peace and tranquillity. The underlying philosophy is that mind, body, and soul are connected. It is believed that the mind is the link between all sense organs and soul. A union between all the three would yield a blissful state of mind. In a nutshell, Yoga aims for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Although originating in India, it is widely practised abroad. With expanding disposable incomes and waistlines, yoga seems to be a booming business, particularly in Europe, America, and Australia and of late in China too. It is the most sought-after path to live a happy and contented life. A path to strike a balance between mind, body and soul.
It’s a fact that our balance is often disrupted by our lifestyles. Choices about diet, exercise, profession, and relationships all have the potential to create physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances. Such imbalance causes a lack of harmony and makes us more vulnerable to diseases. While people abroad realize the potential of yoga, Indians often tend to overlook this miraculous healing philosophy right at their door step.
Inside-Out Healing: Yoga Science from India
While asanas work on the body, meditation works on the mind – the origin of all thoughts, positive, negative, or grey.
Meditation helps channel such thoughts in the right direction, while Asanas enable physical fitness. The mind does not just think, imagine, judge or analyze but is also immersed in subtle qualities such as peace, calmness, and knowledge.
Yoga helps to enrich these aspects of the mind while moderating aspects such as aggression, lethargy, idleness, and apathy. Mastering yoga would essentially be a qualification to live a wholesome life. Because, no matter where we are, our thoughts are reflected in our actions and actions reflect our personality as:
- Harmony within the self, connection with our essential nature
- Harmony within the family and society
- Interconnection with the entire humanity
- Interconnection with all of the creation
So, undoubtedly, Yoga is universal. It is possible for anybody who really wants it. But, it is 99% practice and 1% Theory. One who practices treads on a path of rightful living- steady, wise, calm, and healthy.