Chapter 1 – Introducing Yoga
Out of the many things that India is known for in her contribution
to the world, ‘Yoga’ is perhaps one of the most important and
popular exports. From the ancient times, the ascetics, the ‘rishis’
and the ‘munis’ of India have been practicing this form of art and
science and deriving the benefits of enlightenment that
What is Yoga and why is it important in today’s world?
The importance of yoga in today’s world has a lot of definitions
floating around; however, if we go back to the roots of the word,
we find that the term ‘Yoga’ has its origins in Sanskrit. It means
to unite – Yoga helps the body to unite with the other vital
metaphysical aspects of the mind and spirit. It is also often
defined as a lifestyle which aims to have a healthy mind within a
Most simply defined, yoga is a set of poses or ‘asanas’ , coupled
with breathing techniques, which help impart strength and
flexibility to the body while helping to balance the mind and its’
thinking. Unlike other physical forms of exercises, like the
aerobics, by practicing yoga, one can not only achieve physical
health, but also mental and spiritual well-being.
The aim of yoga is to promote overall well-being of the body. And
though, it is found beneficial for a variety of conditions, it is not
considered a therapy for specific illness. Unlike other forms of
exercises, yoga has a more holistic approach to teach the people
the right way to lead their lives disease free and stress free.
In today’s world, all of us suffer from stress and a perpetual
anxiety to perform well, leading to a plethora of diseases that we
expose ourselves to. Yoga aims to calm and compose our minds
and help us focus clearly on what really matters – good health
and the happiness that accompanies it!