Major Locations for Yoga : Rishikesh (Uttranchal),
Haridwar (Uttranchal), Gaya (Bihar), Kerala,
Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
Time : Any time of the year. The
International Yoga Festival is organised every
year from 2nd to 7th of February by the UP
What is Yoga
(Sanskrit ) refers to traditional physical and
mental disciplines originating in India.
is the Sanskrit term for Union. Many people
believes that, the term Yoga refers to union
between body and mind or body, mind and spirit,
but, the traditional acceptance is the union
between the Jivatman and Paramatman that is
between one's individual consciousness and the
Universal Consciousness. Therefore, Yoga refers
to a certain state of consciousness as well as
to methods that help one reach that goal or
state of union with the divine.
Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy
include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga,
Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Raja Yoga, compiled
in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and known
simply as yoga in the context of Hindu
philosophy, is part of the Samkhya tradition.
Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga,
including Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and
Origin of Yoga
Yoga was propounded by the ancient Indian sage
Patanjali and is derived from the Sanskrit word
'Yog' which means 'union,' presumably union with
the divine being or God. It is a secular and
scientific methodology to experience the
integration of the body-mind-soul.
Most Practiced Yogas
Some of the most often practiced types of Yoga
are : Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Hatha
Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Raja Yoga.
The Need of Yoga
Amidst the stress of the regular activities our
mind craves for peace and tranquility. To uplift
ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually,
most of the time we walk at the seashore or gaze
at the soothing sunrise to attain temporary
peace. But, it becomes more refreshing and
reviving if we can take a break and opt for the
soothing Yoga activities.
The Yoga Centres in India
There are several centers in India bringing the
authentic forms of Yoga techniques within the
reach of the common man. The Yoga tour in India
aims at offering an introduction to the tourists
about the yoga centres in India and the
teachings and training of Yoga at these centres
like Madras (Chennai), Rishikesh, Kerala, and
Bihar. Yoga tour at the Yoga centres in India
destroys the toxic properties of the body
through purification of bowel, enemas, cleansing
of the nasal passage and eyes.
The Benefit of Yoga
Practicing Yoga is not just key techniques to
recline you. They can be chosen to channelise
your mind, revive your soul and keep your body
fit. It is in the coordination of the - body,
mind and soul, that the perfect state of
composure can be attained. Yoga clubs the tempo
of the body with the melody of the mind and the
amity of the soul, to create the symphony of
Yama encourages the universal disciplines of
truth, self-control, non-violence, non-stealing
Niyama The second feature, Niyama,
advocates human values of contentment,
self-study, penance, cleanliness and surrender
Asanas Asanas are the various Yogic
postures that are to be performed to keep the
body healthy and fit.
Pranayama Pranayama is one aspect
of Yoga in which the management of the breath is
Pratayahara The feature of
Pratayahara is practiced to relax the mind and
alienate oneself from the five senses.
Dharna and Dhyan Dharna and
Dhyan are about concentrating and meditating.
Samadhi The final aspect of Samadhi
refers to the ultimate state of oneness with
Even today, people practice the ancient art of
Yoga religiously as it brings out the best in
the person. Usually the common man practices
Yoga for curing specific problems and taking
remedies against the illness.
Yoga is also practised to cure the common modern
day ailments like Asthma, Arthritis, etc. There
are several asanas that can be practice to
inculcate confidence and keep depression at bay.
Attainment of the certain pose instructed in an
asana makes the body supple.