Origin Of Yoga:
There are no physical claims about the origin of yoga, but it is said that it originated in India, 5,000 or more years ago. Until recently, many western scholars thought that yoga originated much recently may be around 500 B.C. , the time of Gautam Buddha. In early 1920’s, it was shown with the help of evidences that history of yoga is related to Indus Valley Civilization. Before going to describe the importance of yoga, we should have a little bit idea about the definition of ‘Yoga’
Meaning Of Yoga:
Yoga is derived from Sanskrit word ‘yuj‘ in verb form,which means ‘Unite‘ or ‘To Join’.
”It also means the unification of physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual aspects of human being.”
- Reduces mental stress, tension and anxiety.
- Unification and purification of soul.
- Reduces a large no. of diseases like heart attack, sugar level, cholesterol, cancer, hypertension etc·
- Yoga like Pratyahar, Dharana, Dhyan play a vital role in reducing mental stress.
- Reduces fatigue,exertion or exhaustion and thus provides peace.
- Improves health and enhances moral and ethical values.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA: (World Day of Yoga)
International day of yoga is also called as the World Yoga Day. United Nations General assembly has declared 21st June as an International Yoga Day on 11th of Dec. In 2014. the declaration was done after the call by the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Modi. While addressing the general assembly of U.N. on 27th of Sep. 2014, he described Yoga as “India’s gift to the world”
Objectives Of World Yoga Day:
International Day of Yoga has been adopted to fulfill the following objectives:
- To let people know natural benefits of yoga.
- To connect people to nature by practicing yoga.
- To make people used to mediation through yoga.
- To enhance growth,development and spread peace all over the world.
- To make people aware of physical and mental diseases and its solutions through practicing yoga.
- To strengthen the global co- ordination among people through yoga.
Even Surdas and Tulsidas have mentioned about yoga in their writings as:
”Yoga is the main part of Indian Culture”