Regular yoga practice will not only aid you in achieving true
inner beauty, but physical or outer beauty as well. It helps in losing
excess weight and unwanted fat, all while improving your flexibility
to maintain proper body posture also essential to making you look
more-youthful. As you know, detoxification is important to keep your
body looking and feeling healthy and doing yoga asanas or postures
will help in getting rid of toxins that have accumulated in your body.
It will likewise aid in improving blood circulation to provide that radiant
glow to yoga skin and hair.
You can also enhance your beauty with yoga because it aids in
maximum absorption of nutrients since it is capable of aiding in
absorbing nutrients at the cellular level. Because of this, all body organs
will function at their best, which in turn will lend a healthier glow not
only to your face, but to the whole body. In addition, practicing yoga
regularly has been shown to considerably elevate your mood since it
can greatly reduce stress levels, most especially when done with proper
pranayamas or breathing exercises.
Pranayama yoga is the art of controlled breathing. With regular
pranayama yoga practice, you stimulate your internal body organs
and learn to free your mind of unnecessary mental clutter. This in
turn will reflect well in your physical appearance. In general a daily
30-minute pranayama session, along with specific yoga asana is
required to feel and see the benefits
Mudra holds the power to change your body's internal and
external health and emotions which includes mental, spiritual and
physical aspects. Mental health itself comprises of many key things
like anger, disturbance, intelligence and emotional balance.
spiritual health has to do with concentration, meditation and peace of
mind to be achieved.
Physical health and fitness is known to all which includes your
body health and fitness measures, your body stamina and endurance
This book comprehensively covers all aspects of yoga, from
the physical, which helps a person become stronger and more centered,
to the philosophical and mental states of understanding that yoga helps
bring about. The Beauty of Yoga in Life delves into the origins of yoga
and how it has developed over the centuries, as well as spurring mental
faculties through the mind body benefits. Since 2,000 years before
Christ, yoga has been used in India and perfected by others to
strengthen and bring health to both mind and body. The word yoga
means yoke, a yoking together and a bringing of harmony to oneself,
especially useful in today's stressed populations. The spiritual
understanding of yoga is explained and how all paths of yoga lead
not only to self-improvement but to spirituality.
Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja
Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Raja
Yoga, compiled in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and known simply
as yoga in the context of Hindu philosophy, is part of the Samkhya
tradition. Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including
Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva
Samhita and various Tantras.
The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived
from the Sanskrit root ''yuga,'' meaning "to control," ''to yoke" or "to
unite." Translations include "joining," "uniting," "union,"
"conjunction," and "means." Outside India, the term yoga is typically
associated with Hatha Yoga and its asana (postures) or as a form of
exercise. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy
is called a yogi or yogini. The Vedic Samhitas contain references to
ascetics, while ascetic practices (tapas) are referenced in the Brahma
Gas (900 to 500 BCE), early commentaries on the Vedas. Several seals
discovered at Indus Valley Civilization (c. 330~1700 B.C.E.) sites in
Pakistan depict figures in positions resembling a common yoga or
meditation pose, showing "a form of ritual discipline, suggesting a
precursor of yoga", according to archaeologist Gregory Passel.
Some type of connection between the Indus Valley seals and later yoga
and meditation practices is speculated upon by many scholars, though
there is no conclusive evidence.
Techniques for experiencing higher states of consciousness
in meditation were developed by the shamanic traditions and in the
While there is no clear evidence for meditation in pre-Buddhist
early Brahmin texts, Wynne argues that formless meditation
originated in the Brahmin tradition, based on strong parallels between
Upanishad cosmological statements and the meditative goals of the
two teachers of the Buddha as recorded in the early Buddhist texts.
He mentions less likely possibilities as well. Having argued that the
cosmological statements in the Upanishads also reflect a contemplative
tradition, he argues that the Nasadiya Sukta contains evidence for a
contemplative tradition, even as early as the late Rg Vedic period. The
Buddhist texts are probably the earliest texts describing meditation
techniques. They describe meditative practices and states which had
existed before the Buddha as well as those which were first developed
within Buddhism. In Hindu literature, the term "yoga" first occurs in
the Katha Upanishad, where it refers to control of the senses and the
cessation of mental activity leading to a supreme state.
textual sources for the evolving concept of Yoga are the middle
Upanishads, (ca. 400 BCE), the Mahabharata including the Bhagavad
Gita (ca. 200 BCE), and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (150 BCE).
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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