Yoga tour in India, Yoga class in India, Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga. n Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the root yuj) means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” in its most common literal sense. Yoga can take on meanings such as “connection”, “contact”, “union”, Yoga, is a meditative means of discovering dysfunctional perception and cognition, as well as overcoming it for release from suffering, inner peace and salvation; illustration of this principle is found in Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Yogasutras, in a number of Buddhist Mahāyāna works, as well as Jain texts.
Origin Of Yoga
The Vedas have existed since 1700 B.C., and are the earliest known texts related to Hinduism. The Vedas comprise of four texts, namely the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda. Yoga teachings found in these texts are called Vedic Yoga. Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda mean knowledge of sacrifice, knowledge of chants and knowledge of Atharvan (a powerful sage who lived in the Vedic times) respectively. These books contain invaluable pearls of wisdom and describe in detail the concept of Hinduism as a lifestyle rather than a religion.
Importance Of Yoga
The art of practicing yoga helps in controlling an individual’s mind, body and soul. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind; it helps manage stress and anxiety and keeps you relaxing. It also helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and body tone. It improves respiration, energy and vitality. Practicing yoga might seem like just stretching, but it can do much more for your body from the way you feel, look and move.
In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested United Nations to celebrate June 21 as the International Yoga Day as it is the summer solistice; the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
INDIA CAN BE THE WELLNESS DESTINATION FOR THE WORLD
India is as much known for Yoga & Meditation, as it is known for its Taj Mahal and tigers of Ranthambore. The Beatles’ trip to Rishikesh with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1969 is a very famous example to showcase the weight India carries in a world which is concerned not only about its mental and physical fitness but also about its spiritual growth and development.
Steps taken by Government of India to boost Yoga Tourism in India
The maiden International Yoga Day celebrated at Rajpath last year had set two Guinness World Records in a day. The mega event broke the record for the largest yoga class ever, with 35,985 participants. It also holds the record for the yoga event with most globally diverse participants. People from as many as 84 different countries had participated in it. Ministry of Ayush and the Tourism Ministry are promoting India as a ‘Yoga Tourism’ hub, where people can come to heal their bodies and calm their minds. Their catch-phrase is ‘India, Land of Yoga’. It is also being linked to the medical tourism in India and appeals to people to opt for holistic health solutions.
Some cities, such as Haridwar and Rishikesh, are being promoted as yoga hubs, in the same vein as Kerala has promoted itself as a state for Ayurvedic massages. In fact, Rishikesh is being promoted as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’.
Some noble souls of India are doing fantastic works in the field of yoga and making it a International practice. Art Of Living run by Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji Maharaj the spiritual guru is taking yoga practice to outside of India in European countries and making yoga famous out there. Another noble soul Baba Ramdev Ji is also doing great job in the field of yoga. Such persons are doing selfless service to humanity.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.