July 28 2021
Life is a sum of three factors. Mind, body, and the soul. Most folks know fairly well about the first two i.e., the mind and the body. It’s in the third i.e., the soul that we falter. The first two have entire sciences built around them from eons of research and experiences. The third, the soul still stands abandoned, desolate and little understood.
No one can really be blamed for this state of affairs given the difficulty to understand and deal with something that even while being present in us, rarely manifests itself in any worldly manner. That said, the soul and its troubles are something all of us face all the time in our lives and very few know how to deal with it.
That’s unless you are into Yoga!
Yes, yoga, the ancient India science of living, exercise and meditation finds mention in scriptures that are as old as 5000 years! That’s how old yoga is. It finds mention in practically every ancient scripture from Rig Veda to the Upanishads, and the Bhagawad Gita.
Religions running parallel to Hinduism being Jainism and Buddhism too have detailed accounts of Monks and Ascetics practicing yoga for varied reasons including so-called self-enlightenment. From Patanjali to Sushrut to Panini, each one of these Sages of ancient India have spoken eloquently about Yoga and its benefits.
Over the years, yoga has been refined and described to suite various needs and situations be it related to warfare, peacetime, mental alertness, physical strength and sustenance, stamina, health or even frugal minimalist living while giving up so-called outward display of carnal pleasures. Yoga if seen in the context of yogis and yoginis, be it Indian or Chinese means giving up desires and concentrating on achieving goals for a larger cause and larger good.
In fact, if seen from the preserve of disciplining the body and mind to follows rigours and make the body strong, supple and obedient to the mind without getting swayed by temporary feeling, yoga was equated to an ascetic life. It was meant only for those who had given up on life in the normal order and accepted a higher order of living that was devoid of pleasures and comforts. So strong were these percefeeling that till about a century back, barely anyone from the subcontinent other than the usual stock of ascetics, monks and minimalists were ever associated with it.
And then came the likes of the Beatles, their visits and myriad modern-day yogis who among other constitute leading lights in cinema, music and industry in the west. Their love for yoga has given the ancient Indian science a new lease of life, and one that does not seem to be in any hurry to bow down.
So then, why is yoga so good for the body?
Simple. It helps us treat ourselves in ways that makes a better version of ourselves with our own efforts and initiation!
Yoga in its simplest form has physical exercises that stretch the body into impossible shapes (impossible initially but with regular practice, there’s nothing impossible about them). These are extremely helpful in bring the body back into its peak form.
Used as we are to a sedentary life, our bodies have shrivelled up to such an extent that regular acts like running, twisting, squatting, sitting crossed legged etc too have become difficult for most of us. Most of us have weak shoulders, back muscles and legs given that we hardly take the trouble to move and strengthen ourselves. Yoga if done in its entirety for a reasonable time makes us stretch, twist and turn into such shapes that our bodies become toned, supple and very, very strong. These besides, continuous exercises including the likes of the “surya-namaskar” increase our breathing, heartbeat and pulse rate and bring about positive developments in our health.
It’s impossible to do yoga regularly and derive benefits unless one is regular with one’s life and its practices including exercises. For this reason, yoga is said to form a habit which if continued for a long time, positively affects other activities. Yoga needs discipline and doing it long enough brings discipline in our lives.
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