The concepts and practices of Yoga originated in India about several thousand years ago. Its founders were great Saints and Sages. Yoga is no longer restricted to saints, it has entered our everyday lives and has aroused a worldwide awakening and acceptance in the last few decades. Yoga have now been reoriented to suit modern sociological needs and lifestyles. New domains of yoga have come up in recent times like power yoga, artistic yoga and hot yoga to name a few styles.
Yoga is one of the greatest ways to keep yourself fit without any medication, it is more or less a different form of exercise. The practice of Yoga prevents psychosomatic disorders and improves an individual's resistance and ability to endure stressful situations. Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one’s inherent power in a balanced manner. It offers the means to attain complete self-realization. The benefits of yoga are countless. Whatever you may be looking for – weight loss, diabetes, better time management, freedom from anger, effective communication, or creativity at work, yoga has the answer for everything. The practice of yoga has immense benefits for not just the body but also the mind so that you enjoy a perfect healthy state of being.
Yoga is universal in character for practice irrespective of culture, nationality, race, caste, creed, sex, age and physical condition. Without practice, no one can experience the utility of Yogic techniques nor can realize its inherent potential. Only regular practice (sadhana) creates a pattern in body and mind to uplift them. Yoga has different type of asans, depending upon your body type and your requirement. For eg: somebody wants to tone his body, the instructor might tell him to go for suryanamaskar and somebody with a different need will be asked to opt for some different asan.
1) Japa Yoga: To concentrate one’s mind on divine name like ’OM’, ‘Rama’, ’Allah’, ’God’, ’Vahe Guru’ through repeated recitation or remembrance.
2) Karma Yoga: Teaches us to perform all actions without having any desire for their fruit. In this sadhana, a Yogi considers his duty as divine action, perform it with whole-hearted dedication but shuns away all desires.
3) Gyana Yoga Teaches us to discriminate between self and non-self and to acquire the knowledge of one’s spiritual entity through the study of scriptures, company of Saints and practices of meditation.
4) Bhakti Yoga: Bhakti Yoga, a system of intense devotion with emphasis on complete surrender to divine will. The true follower of Bhakti Yoga is free from egoism remains humble and unaffected by the dualities of the world.
5) Ashtanga Yoga: Ashtanga Yoga is for all-round development of human beings. These are Yama, Niyam, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
6) Kundalini: Kundalini yoga is a part of tantric tradition. To awaken the Kundalini, you must prepare yourself through yogic techniques such as Shatkriya, Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation.
7) Naadi: Nadis are flow of energy which we can visualize at the psychic level as having distinct channels, light, colour, sound and other characteristics.
Institutes Offering Courses
1. Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga
68, Ashoka Road, Near Gole Dak Khana
New Delhi - 110001
2. Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Rishikesh (Himalayas); Uttarakhand- 249304
3. The Yoga Institute
Shri Yogendra Marg
Prabhat Colony, Santacruz East
Mumbai – 400055
4. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute
1107 B/1, Hare Krishna Mandir Rd, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar
Pune, Maharashtra - 411016
5. Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute
8th Cross Road, Vani Vilas Mohalla, Mysore
6. Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram
New No.31 (Old #13) Fourth Cross Street
Rama Krishna Nagar, Mandaveli
Chennai - 600028
7. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram
Neyyar Dam P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram District (Trivandrum)
Contact: 0471-2273093 /2272703
8. Bihar School of Yoga
Ganga Darshan Fort
9. Brahma Kumari Center
Post box No-1,Abu Road
10. Phool Chatti Ashram
Neelkanth Temple Road
Contact: 0135 – 6981303/2122196
11. Yoga Niketan Ashram
P.O. Shivanand Nagar
Rishikesh, Utaranchal- 249192
12. Integral Yoga Institute
139/86, West Sambandam Road
R S Puram, Coimbatore
13. Isha Yoga Center
15, Govindasamy Naidu Layout, Singanallur
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu-641005
14. Amritapuri Ashram
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Ek Pada janushirsasana