Yoga, a known term with countless benefits and boons is not new to us yet considered as one of the ancient health practices started with the dawn of human civilization. Today, yoga and meditation are taken together, but fewer people are aware that both of the terms are quite so varied with factful theories and meanings.
With many advancements in health and fitness sphere, yoga is still considered as one of the prime parameters to gain a healthy mind and body. Even many scientific and health researches claim that yoga is the universal aspect to cut off many health problems, even those health issues, which are still not bound under recommendations of medications.
People are addictive to shop yoga stuff in the market or online such as yoga mats, yoga pants, yoga attires, etc. This is the market mantra to earn more profit than a few benefits. In this blog, we will let you know about yoga history, its benefits, and advanced versions.
History of Yoga:
Many writings on yoga and meditation by our ancestors are written on sacred palm leaves, which are no more found as are fragile, damaged and lost. But still, the history of the development of yoga is traced with 5000 years back. Some even claim that yoga is tracked back with an age of 10,000 or plus years. The definite time is still not found, but yoga still has a rich and long history that is encircled with a great practice, meditation, and innovations respectively.
History of Yoga is categorized into four parts:
- Pre-Classical Yoga Practice
- Classical Yoga Practice
- Post-Classical Yoga Practice
- Modern Yoga Practice
Let’s descriptively talk about these four parts –
Pre-Classical Yoga Practice:
As the development of yoga is considered as old and rich, as comes with ancestors of Indus-Sarasvati Civilization in Northern part of India over 5,000 years back. The word Yoga and Yogi were firstly mentioned in one of the oldest sacred writings in Rid Veda. The Vedas were precious texted with an extensive collection of sacred songs, mantras, rituals, and practices used by Brahmans. And yoga that time was a refined practice developed by Vedic priests and rishis who later documented great Upanishads with sacred beliefs and practices. The most significant and prominent yogic manuscript is the scared Bhagavad-Gita, accumulated over 500 B.C.E. This holy book of Upanishads was scripted with an idea of Vedas with bind with legendary learnings and teachings of Karma Yoga (Action) and Wisdom (jnana yoga) to kill and sacrifice ego through the recipe of self-knowledge and patience.
Classical Yoga Practice:
Earlier when yoga was ideally mishmash with beliefs and techniques, the fire of conflicts was encountered. The classic period of yoga is well known and developed by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This was the first systematic approach to yoga and meditation in respective to health and fitness. This is even defined as Raja Yoga in some second-century writings which has focused on the eight-limbed path with steps and stages to get Samadhi/Moksha and Enlightenment. However, Patanjali is often known as the father of yoga, and even today his yoga sutras are considered prior and influencing.
Post-Classical Yoga Practice:
Just after the flow of Patanjali, many yogis and yoga practices rejuvenated the theory of yoga with the body and prolonged life. The fire of contradictions and rejections on the ancient Vedic yoga teachings and modify the approach of yoga with the physical body and its rejuvenated enlightenment track. This turn the development of yoga into Tantra Yoga form with other cleansing and fundamental techniques to that binds body and mind with the physical charm of existence. They were more keen on making people aware of body-mind (physical and spiritual) connections which were later known as Hatha Yoga.
Modern Yoga Practice:
When humans enter the era of development and advancement, the old practice of yoga with great developed techniques was lost somewhere. In the period of 1800s to 1900. Yoga masters become explorers and nomad, and they travel to the Western World to make yoga a more attentive and attractive form for health and fitness. This was first done when in 1983 when Legendary Indian personality Swami Vivekananda went to Chicago, he impressed the attendees with his lectures on yoga and universality of the world’s religions. Later in the 1920s and 30s, when Hatha Yoga was wowed and promoted by T Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda and other known yogis.
In fact, in 1924 the first Hatha Yoga school was opened in old Mysore by T, Krishnamacharya and later in 1926, Swami Sivananda created the Divine Life Society on the banks of sacred river Ganga. Despite this T. Krishnamacharya honored three of his students with a responsibility to continue his legacy and belief on the development of Hatha Yoga practice. Swami Sivananda wrote about more than 200 books on yoga and meditation and even founded nine yoga ashrams and yoga centers worldwide which took a massive turn in the development of yoga. And today Hatha Yoga is practiced in numerous yoga school and centers with modified styles and is popular among millions of followers globally.
Great Yoga Chants and Mantras:
- The Mantra: Om (Sound With Universality, chant to lift soul and mind), Pronounced as A-U-M
- The Mantra: Santih, Santih, Santih (Shanti Mantra, Chanted for Peace), Pronounced as A-U-M Shanti Shanti Shanti.
- The Mantra: Om bhur bhuvah svah, tat savitur varenyam, bhargo devasya dhimahi, dhiyo yo nah prachodayat (Oldest Sanskrit-Gayatri Mantra-Chanted For Unity And To Invoke Life Forms), Pronounced as Om bhur bhuvah svah | tat savitur varenyam | bhargo devasya dhimahi | dhiyo yo nah prachodayat ||
- The Mantra: Om Gam Ganpataye Namah (Ganesh Mantra-Chant To Request Lord Ganesha), Pronounced as Om gam ganapataye Namah | vakra-tunda maha-kaya surya-koti-sama-prabha | nirvighnam kuru me deva sarva-karyeshu sarva-da ||
- The Mantra: Yogena chittasya padena vacham malam sharirasya cha vaidyakena, yo ’pakarottam pravaram muninam patanjalim pranjalir anato ’smi (Yoga Sutra Mantra: Chant To Acknlowedge Father Of Yoga “Patanjali”), Pronounced as yogena chittasya padena vacham malam sharirasya cha vaidyakena | yo ’pakarottam pravaram muninam patanjalim pranjalir anato ’smi ||
- The Mantra: Lokah Samastah, Sukhino Bhavantu (Mangala Mantra- Chant For Overall Prosperity, Auspiciousness, And Good Fortune), Pronounced as svasti prajabhyah paripalayantam nyayena margena mahim mahishah | gobrahmanebhyah shubham astu nityam lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu ||
- The Mantra: Om saha nav avatu, saha nau bhunaktu, saha viryam karavavahai, tejasvi navadhitam astu ma vidvishavahai, Om shanti shanti shanti (A Chant From The Upanishads For Great Opportunities In Life), Pronounced as: Om saha nav avatu | saha nau bhunaktu | saha viryam karavavahai | tejasvi navadhitam astu ma vidvishavahai || Om shanti shanti shanti ||
- The Mantra: Asato ma sad gamaya, tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, mrityor ma amritam gamaya, (A Chant From The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad Gives A Sense Of Peace And Freedom), Pronounced as asato ma sad gamaya | tamaso ma jyotir gamaya | mrityor ma amritam gamaya ||
- The Mantra: Purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate, purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavashishyate (Invocation of the Isha Upanishad Chant For Self-Knowing With Fundamentals Of Visible and Invisible To Focus On Thoughts), Pronounced as purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate | purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavashishyate ||
- The Mantra: Sat Nam (Thr Gurmukhi Mantra-Chant in the Kundalini Yoga practice to know self-intuition), Pronounced as Saaaaaaaat* | Nam || (Sat is chanted eight times longer than Nam)
- The Mantra: Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung (Siri Gaitri Mantra-Chant in Kundalini Yoga For Restoring Health and Fitness through Meditation) Pronounced as Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung||
Health Benefits of Yoga:
- – Improves health and overall well-being.
- – Makes body flexibility and build muscle strength.
- – Help you get into right and perfect posture.
- – Give motion to joints and make them healthy, as prevent cartilage and joint breakdown.
- – Hold health of the spine and spinal cord.
- – Boost immunity and Blood circulation.
- – Detoxify body with impurities, lymph and other viscous fluids from the body.
- – Boon for heart and overall human health.
- – Lowers the risk of blood pressure, and diabetes.
- – It reduces cortisol levels and increases the functionality of the immune system.
- – Help you to deal with mood swings, stress, depress and anxiety.
- – Brings health habits and lifestyle that improve the life longevity.
- – Helps to focus as good for brain health.
- – Great and real healers with no side effects for overall health and fitness of the body.
- – Help you to sleep properly as deals with insomnia and other sleeping disorders.
- – Gives lungs a fresh breath that purifies blood and increases the blood flow.
- – Prevent abdominal and other digestive problems.
- – Boost peace, self-esteem, and inner strength.
- – Cuts off your addictive habits of alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc.
- – It gives you a way of awareness, enlightenment with transformations in thoughts.
- – Raise your sex drives and sexual hormones.
- – Strength life and relationship.
- – Improve vision and other senses power and encourage more self-care habits.
Apart for healthy living, yoga practice is a trend to keep active and updated, and with such specific goals, many health and fitness centers are inheriting yoga classes to attract people, to gross more profit. Sound sleep, healthy living routine, balanced diet are other required hacks to boost health and fitness. In fact, yoga today has taken a modern look in vogue as well. We hope our content mentioned above with history benefits, and chanting yoga mantras will help you gain and understand more in health and fitness from yoga.