Yoga is a system in the Hindu spiritual discipline which teaches meditation, specific body postures, breath control as a means to relax the mind and the body. The word yoga has been derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to unite or integrate. Yoga is a very ancient practice being followed by people from the last 5000 years. Recreational yoga, health yoga, power yoga are all different sides of the same coin. Yoga is a complete path in itself, one that frees you of all stresses and relaxes your mind and body. Yoga helps to strengthen the body.
Yoga consists of mental, spiritual and physical practices. The present day yoga is basically Hatha yoga which involves asanas. It was popularly practiced by all in India. Swami Vivekananda was instrumental in introducing yoga globally. Yoga gurus later introduced yoga to the western world in the late 19th century.
Yoga is known to be very effective in dealing with a lot of diseases both physical and psychological in nature. Diseases like cancer, asthma, cardio diseases, schizophrenia etc. have found yoga to be highly effective in treatment.
Over the years there have been many books on yoga. These are a few of the books:
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
- Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice with Baron Baptiste
- Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Through Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
- Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
- Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit – A Return to Wholeness by Donna Farhi
- The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown
- Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers by David Keil
- Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith
- Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates
- A Vessel of Blessing: Practical Guidance for Teachers Who Touch the Spirit in Yoga Practice by Arlene Bjork
Each yogi has a story to tell about how yoga transformed him. A book, a philosophy, a practice and a belief that they could rein their lives to the completeness that everyone strives for.