While writing about the Yoga Day – What is Yoga and Yoga benefits , Lazypanda reminded me of Adiyogi Shiva Statue which was inaugurated by Prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on February 24, 2017; it is a new addition to India’s tourism. As a matter of fact Lord Shiva is the first person to do Yoga. We are going to discuss about the trending question among most of us, Why one should do yoga?
“Adi” means “first” and “Yogi” or “Jogi” means “a person who is a proficient in yoga “. In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is considered to be the first of yogis. The statue is a 112 foot tall, designed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of the Isha Foundation, it was built by the foundation and weighs around 500 tonnes (490 long tons; 550 short tons). The Indian Ministry of Tourism has included the statue as a consecration destination in its official Incredible India campaign. The Adiyogi Statue has been recognized as the “Largest Bust Sculpture” by Guinness World Records.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue
The statue has some unique characteristics such as the face of the deity is made up of steel which has geometric significance. The statue is made up of small pieces of metals that have been put together by a difficult but inexpensive method. The face does not symbolize the deity but an iconic inspiration for yoga.
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga. The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions; it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra. Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core.
We highly recommend you to visit the gigantic Adiyogi Shiva Statue if you are travelling to Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. We can guarantee you will feel a sense of magnanimity if you go near it.
International Yoga Day
June 21st was declared as the International day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on 11th December in 2014. The day is also called as the World Yoga Day. The Initiative to celebrate World Yoga day was taken by the Honorable Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi on his visit to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. He left a message in the UN General Assembly, saying , “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. ”
World Yoga Day was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in Bangalore as well. In my neighborhood, many places had organised a full day Yoga sessions, where not only Indians but a large number of people from other countries also had taken part. As a Indian we must be proud of the fact that the world is thankful to the thousand year old mental, physical and spiritual practice of our country.
What is Yoga ?
Yoga is a very old comprehensive Indian life philosophy. It originated more than 5,000 years ago in India. The word “YOGA” means the union of the individual consciousness or soul and refers to the fusion of body, mind and spirit through meditation, breathing and physical exercises.
The Yoga postures are known as ‘Asanas.’ These Asanas were developed to strengthen the body, improve health and boost immunity. A breathing session in the early morning will strengthen your respiratory system.
“Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.”
– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Benefits of Yoga :
- Survey says, people who do at least 1 hour of yoga everyday have 27% happy brain chemical. Yoga relives depression .
- It helps in creating a great Heart rate and reduces blood pressure, also it helps to keep you calm by decreasing tension triggered cytokine by 41%, as a result you sleep better.
- Improves posture and strengthens back. Makes your body more agile, helps every part of your body to come in a perfect shape.
- Yoga makes you flexible. While at first it will be little problematic to touch your knees or toes but eventually when you get used to it, flexibility of your muscles will increase, gradually all the aches will go from your body.
- Yoga creates a certain atmosphere where you will feel emotional, mental, physical comfort, which helps you to gain peace of mind, mode of happiness and positive energy to transform you to be creative and productive.
- It strengthens Spine and increases blood flow which results in a very good and fit body.
- An imperative part of yoga is concentrating on the present. Studies have discovered that general yoga enhances coordination, response time, memory and even IQ scores. Individuals who practices Transcendental Meditation, has the capacity to tackle issues and drive minds better and also gains confidence —most likely in light of the fact that they’re less diverted by their thoughts that distracts the mind, which can play again and again like a loop.
Why one should do yoga?
Yoga is most essential for everybody’s life as it helps in adjusting the connection between body and brain. It is sort of activity which helps in learning physical and mental solitude through disciplined meditation. It began in India long years back in old time. Presently, it is exceptionally important to rehearse yoga daily in order to improve lives of individuals. Practicing Yoga every day gives inner peace as well as physical fitness. It helps in reinforcing the immunity system, keep us away from different diseases and cures distinctive illness. It additionally lessens the side effects of many heavy medicines taken in everyday schedule.
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