In today's article I will deal with the yoga , I will talk about its origin and its history and we will see what are the benefits that it brings us both physically and mentally. The reason for developing the theme of the Yoga they should look for it at the entrance of this culture and this system of life in the European world and in the rest of the continents. It is important to know its principles and foundations before starting to practice it, since this way you will know what results you can expect and you will know in what way you can get them.
Yoga, what it is, its origin and its history
To the question of yoga, we can answer in a rather abstract way, since specialists and researchers have carried out different expeditions in search of information. Today, yoga resembles a sport that develops the elasticity of muscles and tendons, through different exercises and postures. In addition, thanks to him they can develop meditation and with it mental and emotional health.
Taking a look at the past, we go back to the Stone Age, more specifically to the year 25000 BC. Many of the anthropologists affirm the existence of some techniques of the shamans that resemble and, even, they are equivalent to the practices of yoga, as for example, the basic position of sitting, denominated Loto, corresponds with the images of the shamans during their rituals
The second similarity between the practice of yoga and the shamans are the techniques of the yogis to achieve the so-called siddhi. This term has a Sanskrit origin and its meaning is success, perfection and achievement. In addition, this term also refers to travel in time, to transformation into an invisible subject. These techniques were also known to shamans, with which we can talk about a step or a transition from shamanism to yoga.
The Vedic period in yoga
Within the periods or stages established by specialists in yoga, we can distinguish a Vedic period that covers the centuries after the year 2000 BC. The characteristics of early yoga on a psychological and spiritual level can be found in these years. In addition, these characteristics can also be found in the practices of modern yoga, such as concentration, self-observation, control of breathing, etc.
Furthermore, this is the period in which there is a change in the process and in the techniques of the yogis or the Vedas. This change consists in the transformation of the rituals that happen to be exercised externally to develop internally or mentally. Later, this culture goes through a series of modifications that little by little turn it into what we know today.
In the next section we will see more about contemporary yoga and we will focus on its types, its foundations, benefits and we will see for whom this practice is appropriate. Keep reading and you will discover more about this world and this oriental culture so mystical and so known and practiced to the West.
The fundamentals of yuga and types
After having examined the history and origin of yoga, we have to look at it from the point of view of today. Nowadays, yoga is understood as a method with which we can achieve the union of the individual with the cosmos. However, according to the studies that have been done, our being is already united with the cosmos and that is why the basic goal of yoga is that we become aware of this union.
For this, this discipline counts and uses a series of techniques, asanas and postures . These techniques should be combined with adequate breathing because, in this way, we will achieve the state of appropriate meditation. At the same time, every yoga practitioner has a number of reasons to start practicing it, but in any case, all they can get out of it are benefits.
On the other hand, if they have not yet started practicing yoga or even if they already practice it, they should know the different types that exist. Each of these types offer us a different path through which we can reach the state of meditation and the benefits we seek. The main types are: Karma Yoga, which is synonymous with action, Bhakti Yoga, which is love, Gnana Yoga - knowledge, Raja Yoga - which is the mind, and Hatha Yoga which is strength.
Yoga and its types seen from up close
The truth is that in the Western world of all the types that I have listed in the previous section the most practiced and the most common is the last one that is synonymous with force. However, as I said these guys are really nothing but different ways that we can reach our end. This means that each of them is more appropriate for one type of person than another.
In this sense, Karma Yoga, which is action, is very appropriate for people who are more dynamic and active, since they are supposed to have a need to express themselves. It consists of a more dynamic meditation through which to reach its end. In contrast, Bhakti Yoga, which is love, is ideal for people who are more emotional. Through this type of yoga, these people can more easily reach the realization of the individual.
For its part, the Gñana Yoga, which is related to knowledge, is designed for intellectual people, whose main purpose is the arrival of knowledge and want to find answers to their questions outside the existential. In a similar way, Raja Yoga, the mind, helps study and research the deepest corners of our mind. Therefore, if you choose this path, the first steps you have to take are related to the opening of the consciousness.
Hatha Yoga and the healthy reasons why to practice it
At this point, we have to explain the type of yoga most practiced in the West. The basic and the main point of this yoga is that it concentrates on the physical, using different postures or asanas, gestures and breathing. The reason why it is concentrated on the physical side is because it seeks to reach the state of complete consciousness, purifying our body.
Surely many of you wonder what are the reasons why people practice this discipline so much. First of all, as I mentioned, it concentrates on the personal and the spiritual and can also be practiced like the steps before meditation. Secondly, yoga helps us keep our body in good condition and promotes flexibility and strength.
In addition, yoga is also very appropriate for people who want to lose weight, for those who suffer from insomnia, stress relief and control of emotions, as well as anxiety and depression. There are many other reasons that can help you make the decision to start doing yoga. These are only some of them.
The benefits that yoga brings
Once we have seen the reasons that can lead us to the choice of this discipline, we will focus on the benefits it brings. In the first place, it helps us to improve the general state of our health and to control our emotions and moods to a greater extent. At the same time, it strengthens the three levels of our being that are physical, mental and spiritual.
On the other hand, it also provides benefits for the immune system and for the nervous system. Due to the great diversity and difficulty of the postures that are practiced, it also helps flexibility and fills our body with vigor. It helps the circulation of the blood and thereby frees the cardiovascular system from risks.
As I mentioned, in order to reach the state of concentration and meditation required it is important to introduce the breath as an element in the exercises. This leads to the idea and the fact that it also improves the function and activity of the respiratory system. Also, do not forget that stress, depression and anxiety are the worst enemies of self-esteem, so the practice of yoga will help them feel better.
The results we can expect, divided into four parts
When looking for the results of the exercises and postures, they should look at four elements that are rhythm, flexibility, breathing and, finally, the results themselves. All these elements are in some way related to the benefits that this discipline gives us, with which, the rhythm of the sessions is what helps the activity of the cardiovascular system.
On the other hand, flexibility works on the tendons, muscles and bones, also including the spine. Seen in this way, yoga becomes a discipline that relaxes all these areas, helping in this way to flexibility, unlike sports in which muscles are under tension, as well as our entire body.
On the other hand, breathing so that it has a truly beneficial effect must be profound and its rhythm and frequency are important. The reason why it is so important should be sought in the fact that thanks to it the exercises become balanced and encourages concentration. Also, remember that the main purpose of yoga is self-improvement of oneself in the three existing levels.
Yoga and the people and ages it covers
In many occasions it is usually the case that people who are older think that this type of exercise is not for them. Actually, another positive side of yoga is that it can be practiced by any individual, regardless of age or physical condition. At the same time, yoga is a discipline in which most postures that are more difficult, have an easier variant.
In addition to the above, the fact that yoga is not a competition and that what is important is personal improvement, we can affirm that it can be practiced both by children, as well as by adults and pregnant women. In other words, there are no limits and exceptions regarding the people who can practice it.
On the other hand, they should not forget that to practice yoga they do not have to leave the house. If you want a professional coach you can register for classes that offer it, but it is not mandatory. In the network you can find many video materials and tutorials that will help you to practice it, and even to test, in case you do not know if you are going to like it.
Yoga practiced at home
Surely, all of you know or suppose what are the advantages of practicing home yoga and do not need to list them. However, if you plan to do it systematically, it would be good to consider two important requirements related to home yoga.
The first one is for beginners. The truth is that, as I said at the beginning, it would be nice to visit a few yoga classes to form a clear idea of the principles and their bases. Once they have the idea of this discipline clear, they can start practicing it in their homes.
And the second requirement that they should not forget is that they must have a place in their house that offers them enough space to be able to practice all the postures calmly. At the same time, this place has to be ventilated, since this way they will have more facilities with breathing and, at the same time, this will stimulate their concentration.
This is the most important thing you should know about this discipline to know it before you start practicing it. I hope the article has been useful and interesting for you.