Sunday, June 21, 2020

Yoga as a sport


Today is sixth International Yoga Day.
Yoga is truly a sport. It is Systematic Physical, Organised, Refreshing Technique. Here the competition is with one self.
In view of on-going Covid 19 pandemic the importance of Yoga is felt prominently and intensely as it strengthens respiratory organs and immunity.
Yoga has been practiced in India from ancient times. Yoga means to connect and unite the atman(soul) with brahman (eternal principle). It has eight following steps

  1.  Yama – to govern our body and mind.
  2. Niyma – to observe certain fules.
  3. Asana – to practice different postures.
  4. Pranayama – to do breathing exercise
  5. Pratyahar – to restrain the organs of sense.
  6. Dhyan – to meditate
  7. Dharana – to practice abstraction of mind
  8. Samadhi – to unite with brahmana
Samadhi is the epitome of yoga that leads to Salvation or Mukti
To attain salvation the four main branches of yoga are considered and practiced.
Dnyana Yoga
Dhyana Yoga
Karma Yoga
Bhakti Yoga

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