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Yoga and Meditation

Yoga doesn't take time, it gives time. ~Ganga White

What is Yoga?

Yoga is essentially a practice that restores your lost wholeness and makes stronger your integrity as complete human being. Yoga unifies your personality at a centre that definitely gives peaceful mind and joyful life.

In fact, the practice of yoga purifies the nervous system so that it can be more sensitive and reflective to your consciousness and you can garner more positive force. If you practice correctly the yoga techniques, your entire nervous system gets revitalized and ultimately you can have better health and peaceful life. Yoga helps you to forget your painful past and infuses a fresh thought within you in your present. Likewise, your positive thoughts and respective your activities become coherent of each other; resultantly, your life becomes prosperous and fulfilling.

Very correctly Swami Vivekananda has said:

“The utility of this science is to bring out the perfect man, and not let him wait and wait for ages, just a plaything in the hands of the physical world, like a log of drift-wood carried from wave to wave, and tossing about in the Ocean. This science wants you to be strong, to take the work in your own hand, instead of leaving it in the hands of Nature, and get beyond this little life. This is the great idea”.

Moreover, yoga is normally a generic term for mental, physical and spiritual disciplines that have been practiced in India right from the ancient time. Several traditions of yoga are evidenced in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. However, yoga is systematized as ‘Yoga Sutras’ into the philosophy of ‘Patanjali’ that later on became the discipline of the mind. On the other hand, later on, the ‘Hatha Yoga’ has been also systematized that illustrates on health and purity of the body.

It was Swami Vivekananda who brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century. Later on in the 1980s, yoga became popular as a physical system of health exercises across the Western world. Today, it is one of the most accepted practices that successfully treats the patients suffering from cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, heart disease and some other diseases.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is one of the ways of yoga that has been practiced since ancient times in India. In this practice, individual trains his/her mind and by doing this induces a mode of consciousness that realizes the benefit.

However, in later phase of time, the term meditation has given the broader mining and it refers to a broad variety of practices. Various techniques have also been developed including relaxation, contacting spiritual guides, receiving psychic visions, building internal energy, taking astral journeys and finally realization of the God (so that come closer to the God). Ultimately, this practice develops patience, love, generosity, forgiveness and infuses positive power to achieve the self set ultimate goal.

Gradually, meditation became the most significant way of practice of all religions hence; every religion has its own way of meditation known as:

• Hinduism meditation
• Buddhism meditation
• Christianity meditation
• Islamic Mysticism meditation
• Bahá'í Faith meditation
• Jainism meditation
• Judaism meditation
• Sikhism meditation
• Taoism meditation

So, since ancient time, the meditation is practiced to attain positive and holistic health. Meditation practice helps to develop the awareness and the energy required to transform deep-rooted mental habit patterns. Meditation has been known also for the treatment of common problems of depression and schizophrenia or irrational fears. There are various forms of meditation that comprise of chakra, yantra, and mantra. Meditation, the state of extreme concentration leads to peace and empowerment of body. It can be practiced in various styles such as concentrating on an image, chanting or regulatory breathing. The purpose behind all these sorts of practices is only to prevent any sort of thought coming into mind and attain at the energy centres in the body.

Since, India is the land of creation of yoga and meditation hence there are dozens of yoga and meditation centres throughout the country. The religious city Rishikesh located in Uttarakhand state of north India is one of the most popular yoga centres of India. This centre is ideally located in the lap of Great Himalayan Range that additionally helps people to meditate more correctly.

Popular Yoga Meditation Centres are:

Parmarth Niketan

Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram

Ashtanga Institute

Yoga Institute

Sivananda Vedanta Centre

Bihar School of Yoga

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