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Yoga, a spiritual journey to bliss, the eternal love

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root Yuj meaning to unite and deeply indicating the union of Jeevatma (soul) and Paramatma (universal soul). The yoga was developed as a part of the tantric culture which existed in ancient India (pre-Vedic period) more than ten thousand years ago. Lord Siva is considered to be the symbol of supreme consciousness. The Kundalini Shakti lies in Mooladhara Chakra of our body. The individual soul is embodied and bound to the world. This is liberated and united with supreme consciousness by practicing Yoga.

In the Vedas, we find indications of the highest state which is the goal of Yoga. The Katopanishad defines Yoga as a state of steadiness of the body and control of the senses as well as the mind and the intellect.

Patanjali defines Yoga as a state in which there is complete elimination of thoughts (Chitta Vritti Nirodhaha) and modification of the mind. He introduces Ashtanga Yoga (the eight-fold path: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi). However, they are also mentioned in the Gita as well as the Yoga Sutras.

The relevance of Yoga today:

Swami Satyananda Saraswathi states, Yoga is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.

Physical and mental therapy is Yogas most important achievement. Yoga, now, has succeeded as an alternative form of therapy in diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis, digestive diseases, obesity, cholesterol and cardiac problems, stress and mental disorders. Research into the effects Yoga practices on HIV is currently under way with promising results.

Yoga is not only a science but an art of living which works on all aspects of individual and is a complete system of culture and education for the body, mind and intellect.