Yoga

Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग, /ˈjəʊɡə/, yoga) is a commonly known generic term for physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India. Specifically, yoga is one of the six āstika ("orthodox") schools of Hindu philosophy. One of the most detailed and thorough expositions on the subject are the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. Various traditions of yoga are found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Pre–philosophical speculations and diverse ascetic practices of first millennium BCE were systematized into a formal philosophy in early centuries CE by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. By the turn of the first millennium, Hatha yoga emerged as a prominent tradition of yoga distinct from the Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. While the Yoga Sutras focus on discipline of the mind, Hatha yoga concentrates on health and purity of the body.

Hindu monks, beginning with Swami Vivekananda, brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a physical system of health exercises across the Western world. Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma and heart patients. In a national survey, long-term yoga practitioners in the United States reported musculo–skeletal and mental health improvements.

Read more about Yoga:  Terminology, Purpose

Other articles related to "yoga":

Selvarajan Yesudian - Bibliography
... Selvarajan Yesudian, Elisabeth Haich, Sport und Yoga, 1949 ... Selva Raja Yesudian, Selbsterziehung durch Yoga, Eduard Fankhauser, 1961 ... Selvarajan Yesudian, Elisabeth Haich, Hatha-yoga Übungsbuch ...
Swami Maheshwarananda - Teachings
... Yoga is not a part of any religion, but all religions are part of Yoga, because Yoga is universal ... Yoga is a religion in terms of relation between individual and cosmic self, that is God ... Yoga is a Universal principle which balances entire Universe, the space and the consciousness ...
List Of Iyengars - Yoga
... Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya - Father of modern yoga, yogi and healer who taught B.K.S ... Iyengar, Sri K ...
Siddhartha Shah - Medical Philosophy
... Shah is a recognized leader on laughter yoga, trauma-sensitive yoga and yoga nidra ... has developed Bodhi Tree Mind-Body, which involves practical religious studies education for Yoga practitioners and Western Buddhists ...
Yōga, Tokyo - Neighbourhood
... Around the Yoga station is perhaps the most vibrant area of Yoga ... It is a residential area after all and there are numbers of residential friendly facilities including large super markets (OK Store and Fuji supermarket) as well as smaller grocery stores, butcher, off-licence, fish shops and etc. ...

Famous quotes containing the word yoga:

    Depend upon it that, rude and careless as I am, I would fain practice the yoga faithfully.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)