What is Yoga?

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Yoga has been around for centuries. Sometimes our limited knowledge about yoga has caused us to approach it with timidity or with suspicion. Recently, people seem to confuse yoga with various exercises that require twisting or turning of bodies. This is not so. Although yoga does make use of various exercises, the practice of which is not limited to those exercises alone.

Consequently, this has hindered us in appreciating the intricacies and beauty of practicing one of the oldest holistic processes. In order to attain a higher view on yoga and its complexities, one needs to scratch beyond the surface, delve deeper and give it due credence.

Most would believe that Yoga is a method based on superstitions.  It is actually a practical science. Yoga is a holistic system that refines the body, mind and the spirit, allowing these aspects to co-exist harmoniously with each other and consequently bring health, peace and bliss.

Yoga originated in India. It is a part of a group of ancient spiritual practices which find its way to the modern times. Until now, it is being practiced there. The five main yogas are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

There are other numerous types and variations of the basic yogas which have mushroomed especially in the West nowadays. But mostly makes use of the asanas or the yoga postures of Hatha Yoga for fitness exercises.  Celebrities such as Madonna have helped fan the curiosity and the popularity of the practice of yoga.

Yoga is an instrument to enlightenment in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism and it influenced other spiritual practices all over the world.

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