Yoga and Ayurveda are priceless contributions from ancient ascetic circles for the wellness of entire creatures. Yoga is not only a physical activity to reduce a few pounds from an obese body but a sacred act towards self-realization and discovery of own potential and identity (the way nature created us with its own secret intentions) through continuous practice and focus. Yoga helps to retain the vital energy and aura through magnificent radiance of spirituality.
It has been commended in general that Yoga is a religious practice. But, even Hinduism itself is not meant to be a religious group as Hinduism look at everything and everyone in this universe as a derivative of the supreme soul. Hinduism do not recommend to consider those who follow various religions as outcast! But, it envisage every movable and immovable particles in this universe as buckles of a sole glorious chain. A real Hindu can not discriminate one from another in the basis of religion or any other man-made barrier.
Yoga embodies unity of mind and body through transformation which happens at subtle level as a result of an upward rise in vital energy through delicate 5 power-plexus (Kundalini Chakras) in the spinal cord. Yama (ethical restraints - the don’ts), niyama (ethical observances - the dos), Asana (a posture that one can hold for a period of time, staying relaxed, steady, comfortable and motionless), Pranayama (conscious regulation and exercise of breath), Pratyahara (mastery of sensory organs, withdrawal of the senses from external objects), Dharana (concentration, introspective focus, utmost concentration of mind), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (the quiet state of complete forgetfulness of external world and the physical, complete blissful awareness of one's mind and liberated being, superconscious state.) are the eight steps of Yoga.
Pranayama is an advanced step of Yoga which depicts the churning of the Ocean of milk which was done by Devas and Asuras as per prehistoric mythology. It was performed with the help of ‘Mount Mandara’ as churning rod and ‘serpent Vasuki’ in its spiral form around the mountain as churning rope causing the mountain to rotate, which in turn churned the ocean. As a result of this elaborate process, ocean started emitting poison in the beginning (in view of renouncing evil possessions from our live as one start doing Yoga) and thereafter produced startling reserves which would make anyone ecstatic (the real fruit of performing Yoga!)
Yoga give comprehensive answers to adverse question a human confront in life. Meditation enables self-analysis on perception, cognition and illustration of principles prescribed in Vedas and Upanishads.
We live upholding personal and professional mission and vision of this short span of life. But, at times, life becomes automated and we end up being a helpless product of the environment we live in and systems we live with.
As days pass by, a human’s life cycle seems to be shallow and meager in insights about own existence. People are oblivious about own inception, existence and extinction; they are in an illusory exterior world who hardly remember the force behind whole creation found in and around. Majority of lives end up even before realizing that ‘who am I?’ Yoga teaches it and those who are lucky enough to learn and perform Yoga are those who are on the platform to know own soul closer which would unleash the clandestine resource within.