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The root for the word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means the Union. Here it means the Union of the Mind, Body and Spirit, also the Union of Oneself with the Universal Self. It is a generic term for a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline originating in ancient India. Sage Patanjali considered as the Father of Yoga, formulated the Astanga Yoga in 2nd century BC. Yoga is particularly of importance in today’s life to prevent and cure diseases. It is practiced for attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity while meditating. In today’s fast paced life, Yoga acquires an imminent role.
The parts of Yoga that are mainly used in therapeutics are the Asanas, Pranayamas, Meditation, Kriyas and Relaxation techniques.
• Helps maintain the suppleness and flexibility of the muscles and joints
• Has a deeper effect on the tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, lymphatics and the nerves
• Brings about co-ordination of mind and body movements
• Helps create an appreciation of the finer movements
• Improves sharpness of the senses
• Helps us to be aware and improve our breathing
• Helps us to have a positive attitude and lighter approach
• Helps regulate digestion, respiratory rate and heart rate
• Improves memory, concentration and intelligence through Pranayamas and Meditation
• Helps cleanse our nostrils, upper respiratory passages, eyes through Kriyas