Yoga is a form of exercise on which our current Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi
places a lot of emphasis. Have you ever thought why he does that? It is because Yoga is the only holistic form of exercise that works on mind, body, and soul.
👉Let’s first learn the etymology of the word Yoga.
Yoga has been derived from Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’. Yuj means to join or
to yoke. Yoga signifies the union of individual consciousness with that of universal
The practice of Yoga involves performing various postures called “Asana”.
The word Asana has been derived from the Sanskrit root ‘As’ which means to sit. According to Patanjali Ashtanga yoga, asana has been referred to as a comfortable sitting position for performing Yogic practices like Pranayam, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Yoga is always practiced on a mat also called “asana”. It can be a blanket,
deerskin, woolen carpet, palm leaves, jute or cotton fiber mat, etc.
There are various Yogic texts like few of them are, Patanjali Yoga Sutras,
Gherandasamhita, Hathayogapradipika, Shiva samitha, etc. All of these Yogic texts
have given details of various Asanas and Pranayam.
Like Hathayogapradipika has given the details of 15 asanas. Few of them are Swastikasana, Gomukhasana,
Dhanurasana, Mayurasana, Padmasana, Simhasana, Bhadrasana etc.
Similarly, Shivsamhita has given four asanas. They are; Siddhasana, Padmasana, Ugrasana
and Svastikasana. Gherandasamhita has given eighty-four asanas but has found
thirty-two asanas to be most useful for human beings.
Asanas and their magic💫
Different asanas work for different diseases. Yoga being a holistic form of exercise
has a cure for almost all diseases.
Practicing asanas daily can help humans in getting rid of the health issues they are facing for ages.
Acidity, a very common problem which most of us face can be cured by practicing asanas like, Ustrasana, Halasana, Mayurasana, Pavanmuktasana, Vajrasana, etc.
Today’s busy and hectic life has led to problems like stress, anxiety, and anger.
Do you want to cure these problems👆 and calm your mind🧠 and body👤? If yes, you need to practice siddhasana, Pascimotanasna, Kurmasana, Matsyasana, Makarasana, Shalabhasna, and Ustrasana. Practice these asanas and starting experiencing a calm and cool state of mind.
Similarly, there are asanas for problems like cold & cough, diabetes, anemia, backache, bronchial asthma, fatigue, menstrual disorders, slipped-disc, thyroid, sinusitis, etc.
Girls suffering from menstrual disorders can perform asanas like Vajrasana,
Ardhamatsyendrasana, Mandukasana, Cakrasana, Ustrasana, Halasana, etc to cure
their problems of those difficult days and enjoy those days like other days of the
More benefits of Yoga💐
Apart from healing health issues, Yoga has various other benefits also. Like it helps
in developing and increasing metabolism, builds the immunity of practitioners, can
boost your stamina and energy and last but not the least, Yoga can even improve
your decision-making power by increasing your concentration level, focus, and clarity.
Moreover, Yoga can also activate and balance all seven chakras. Malasana, Janu
Sriasana, Sukhasana, Uttanasana, etc are few asanas to asanas to heal your root
chakra (also known as Muladhara chakra). Similarly, Bhujangasana is a great healer
for heart chakra (also known as Anahata chakra) performing this asana expands
your shoulders, chest, and heart, which helps in activating the heart chakra. These
are just a few examples explaining the role of Yoga asanas in healing chakras.
Talking about Yoga and not mentioning the benefits of Surya namaskar (Sun
salutation) is unfair. Surya namaskar is a combination of various asanas.
SURYA NAMASKAR works as a holistic healer for your body.
If don’t get time to exercise, just do twenty Surya namaskar and you will be good to go and start your day🌞👍.
Though Yoga has a cure to all your problems, you should always practice Yoga
under the guidance of a trained and certified Yoga guru.
Practicing the wrong posture, may worsen your problem or practicing right asana but in a wrong position can harm your body and health.
Such as those of you who are suffering from high blood pressure should not perform any asana which involves lots of forwarding bending. People with pain in knees should not perform Padmasana.
Taking precautions while practicing Yoga and doing it undertrained guru can take your health to the next level.
The above mentioned are just a few benefits of Yoga and its asanas. There are many more benefits but can’t be summarised in one article. You can refer to various Yogic texts, blogs, vlogs, and other sources to expand your knowledge on this holistic form of exercise, Yoga.
I will end by saying that, every one of us should take out at least an hour from our
hectic schedule to practice Yoga. It will help you in maintaining your wellbeing💯.
I am Divya Garg. I enjoy practicing and learning Yoga, Pranayam, and Meditation. Apart, from that, I have also done courses on spiritual practices like Reiki, dowsing, etc. I like to read self-development and spiritual books. Indulging in spiritual, health and fitness-related conversations is what I appreciate more. So, if you want to discuss any of the above-mentioned topics you are most welcome.