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Everything You Need to Know About Yoga for Mental Health


General Knowledge  •  22 Nov, 2023  •  2,555 Views  •  ⭐ 4.8

Written by Anand Swami


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Yoga, an ancient practice rooted in Indian philosophy, has evolved into a popular tool for enhancing mental health. Blending physical postures, breath control, and meditation, offers a holistic approach to well-being.

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This blog explores yoga's mental health benefits, its scientific backing, and its rich history, revealing why it's more than just a physical exercise but a journey towards mental harmony.

What is Yoga?

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Yoga, a millennia-old discipline, originated in India. The word 'yoga', derived from Sanskrit, means 'to yoke' or 'to concentrate'. It encompasses a range of practices, from physical postures (asanas) to breath control (pranayama) and meditation, aimed at harmonizing the body and mind. Traditional yoga emphasizes concentration and the cultivation of a balanced state of being. Over time, various forms have evolved, each focusing on different aspects of this ancient practice, yet all sharing the common goal of holistic well-being.

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History of Yoga in India

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Yoga's history in India spans several millennia, with its earliest references found in the Rigveda and Upanishads, ancient Hindu texts. Over centuries, it evolved within various religious traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a key text, outlined its philosophical underpinnings.

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