21 Jun 2022

Yoga! More Than Just Losing Weight

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Yoga originated in India. It was first mentioned in the Rig Veda. The word ‘Yoga’ originates from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which translates to union or join. Yoga has evolved in the several centuries since and it has found a fan following in people, in India and abroad. The International Day Of Yoga commemorates this and helps build more awareness around it. Yoga is an amalgamation of movements, meditation and breathing techniques that help your mind and body come together, and be in sync. Yoga in the West has evolved into a more cohesive practice where postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama) and meditation (dyana) come together to help an individual relax. Having a glass of nariyal pani before yoga helps to have healthy electrolytes in your body. You can simply order nariyal pani from our online grocery app Milkbasket and it will be delivered to your doorstep by 7 AM.

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The famous downward dog pose, which helps you relieve stress and stretch back

Health Benefits Of Yoga

  • Helps in relieving menopause and the health problems that come along with
  • Helps people who are obese and over-weight. Yoga will help them exercise without having to impact their joints, severely.
  • It helps people quit smoking
  • It is known to help alleviate pain for people with osteoarthritis. Yoga also helps in neck pain issues as well as back pain issues.
  • Yoga also improves your flexibility, strength and balance. The tree pose is the perfect example for this.
  • It enhances and supports the health of your heart. 
  • It helps in a relaxed and restful sleep. Helps in regulating the sleep cycle.
  • Helps in the regulation of your mood and be more focused in your work
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Tree pose, which helps you have balance and be focused

Philosophy Of Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha means force in Sanskrit. It essentially revolves around using physical movements to preserve and channelize the energy of the body. Many believe that some of the techniques have originated as far as 1 century CE. It is believed that the aim of Hatha yoga is to help slow down aging, gain magical powers and also attain Moksh or spiritual liberation. This branch of yoga’s emphasis is on mitahara which translates to “measured diet” or “moderate eating”. This is beneficial for people who struggle with over eating or under eating.

The best way to follow this is to have the freshest produce delivered at your doorstep by ordering from Milkbasket an online grocery delivery service. It will get you everything you need. One of the best things to have as a way to feed your body good electrolytes and minerals is nariyal pani. This International Day Of Yoga, vow to start your journey into fitness and help yourself become the best version of you!

Raja Yoga

This branch of yoga has been around since yoga’s inception but in the 19th century when Swami Vivekananda wrote his interpretation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in his book called Raja Yoga. It has since garnered several names such as royal yoga, astanga yoga, royal union, sahaja marg and classical yoga. This branch of yoga involves meditation and a rather strict adherence to disciplinary steps which are listed in the ashtanga or eight limbs of yoga.

Karma Yoga

Karma yoga, as the name suggests revolves around the ideology of making your future free of any negativity and/or selfishness. Per the Bhagvad Gita, wherein Lord Krishna has explained Karma Yoga as the spiritual practice of selfless action which is performed for the benefit of others. To attain moksha or spiritual liberation, through your work, without worrying or thinking about the fruits of your labour. According to the Bhagvad Gita, selfless service is a form of worship and spirituality. This helps in attaining peace and happiness. Most humans chase the outcomes, rather than do their work without thinking about selflessness.

Bhakti Yoga

This branch of yoga aims at devotion being the path through which a positive channel is opened to deal with emotions and cultivate acceptance and tolerance. Bhakti yoga is a way where you devote yourself to a deity. It is practiced in Hinduism and it is a spiritual practice. It is one of the three paths through which moksha can be attained. The other two are jnana and karma yoga.

As always, this tradition has ancient roots and is mentioned in the Shvetashvatara Upanishad wherein Bhakti Yoga is simplified as participation, devotion and love for any endeavour you partake in.

This International Day Of Yoga, start your journey into Bhakti Yoga and choose the path you want to dedicate yourself to. Let this begin with a meal for the gods and all you need for that meal is available on our app Milkbasket. It helps to have an online grocery app help you in your path to moksha.

Jnana Yoga

This branch of yoga pertains to wisdom, the path of a scholar, and developing your intellect through study. This branch of yoga looks into the internal questions of “who am I, what am I?”. This yoga entails for an individual to study under the aegis of a guru, meditate, introspect and reach liberation. The disciple reaches a sense of limbo where they learn how their soul or aatma and its purpose in the brahman or metaphysical universe. The best mind boosting and soothing thing to drink is nariyal pani  which is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Woman Yoga Aasan relaxing in nature
The lotus pose is known to help even the most novice yoga practitioner, be one with themself

Risks Of Yoga

Albeit yoga does not pose a risk but sometimes it is better to be on the safe side. It has several poses which need you to be flexible and if you are not, you are at the risk of spraining or hurting yourself. Women who are pregnant, suffer from back issues or have sciatica should consult with their doctor before they do yoga, because many poses require you to bend and stretch, which might aggravate your pains further. Beginners should always do it under the supervision of a professional. Do not attempt to do any advanced yoga poses, this can cause permanent damage.

At the end, The International Day Of Yoga encourages you to enjoy yoga as a way to release your stress and help you gain some perspective in life. If you are someone who likes more of an exercise or a workout but still wants to try out yoga, then you can opt for power yoga, which is a modified version of the traditional ashtanga yoga. Another type of yoga you can try is Bikram yoga or hot yoga. It is done in heated rooms and has about 40% of humidity. This makes you sweat and helps you stay in shape, but be warned this can cause severe dehydration, so better carry your water and stay hydrated.

So on this International Day Of Yoga, are you ready to start your journey into the world of Yoga?

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