Close your eyes and look deep inside your soul, and try to find out which energy is bounding you to the world. Too struggling, isn’t it? The fickle mind sees so much but nothing is constant. It’s simply because the world is one. The mountains, the rivers, the animals, the plants, the people, the sun, the planets everything is just one. And this phenomenon of oneness isn’t easy to understand. It’s hard to believe that we are the air we breathe, the food we eat, the places we travel. We are the world and the world is us. And it’s tough simply because we are not connected to our sub-conscious inner being. Our body and soul are not one because we never thought of becoming one. All this time, we have been running after making money, buying the best materialistic things, trying to find love, and become what the people around us want us to be. A human body with some name and designation.
To understand who you are and connect to the inner you and hence the one supreme power, ancient people practised YOGA, i.e. discipline aiming to train the consciousness. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’, indicating to unite the mind and body, Man & Nature and experience the oneness of the universe. Quoting the famous line from Bhagwat Gita,
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self”
Where the people of bygone age did tough Penance on the highest peaks of the mountains in search of salvation, we today struggle in front of the computer screens, trying to figure out the path to success. Where the medieval people trained their mind and body to fight with their inner thoughts and actions, we fight with our deadlines and increasing insecurities not realizing we are killing our inner self.
Isn’t it amazing to see how some of the modern exercises we do are actual 1000s years’ old practices mentioned in our own Indian scriptures? But, this is just the tip of the iceberg we have seen. Yoga not only keeps the body and brain fit but also intercepts many diseases that seem difficult to cure, like Hypertension, Sugar, Migraine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Obesity, Thyroid and the list is never-ending. The magic yoga does to a human body is natural, enduring and everlasting. Unlike the medicines we consume, yoga has no aftereffects and is perfectly safe for all the age groups. And the cherry on top that is left to be discussed is the fact that the asanas( yoga positions) like Kapalbhati, anlom-vilom and many more fill our body with a very positive energy and helps in improving the quality of our lives with increased flexibility and strength, improved immunity system, increased focus and concentration and finally a Good sleep.
Yoga has to be understood and practised in all its seriousness if its real benefits are to be achieved. Yoga, a psycho-spiritual discipline has woke us up from a deep slumber and made us think there is something more to us than our body, i.e. our soul. All thanks to the internet, some branding and awareness which woke us up. Yoga has gained a lot of popularity in the present time, a perfect recipe for fitness of body and mind. Everyone is talking yoga, everyone is doing yoga, and it is surely more than just another health fad. The most recent survey suggests that more than 20 million Americans practice yoga, making it one of the most popular forms of exercise. And to promote this mental and spiritual practice, an international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015.
Don’t wait for the calendar to tick 21st June, start right away with your journey to your inner self, because
You cannot always control what goes on outside.
But you can control what goes on inside.