Yoga and Meditation in India : A journey will change your life
Yoga in India is a thousand-year-old philosophy that unites the physical, the mental and the spiritual. The word yoga means union, in this case the union of body and mind. A healthy body cannot be achieved without a healthy mind. One way to get a relaxed mind is by setting out time from your everyday routine to let your mind and body shut down. This power break can refresh you beyond your imagination. Here we are sharing the benefits Yoga and meditation in India, which are considered two ways that can shut down and ease yourself.
According to the Hindu doctrines on which yoga is based, the human being is a soul (jivatman) enclosed in a body (rupa). The body is divided into several parts: the physical body (sharira), the mind (mana), the intelligence (gyan) and the false ego (ahankara).
To lead a full life, it is necessary to satisfy three needs: physical need (health and activity), psychological need (knowledge and power) and spiritual need (happiness and peace). When all three are present, there is harmony. Yoga teaches the individual to evolve through the development of self-discipline. Yoga is also defined as the restriction of emotions, which are seen as mere fluctuations (vṛitti) of the mind. The followers of Hinduism distinguish between the soul (impassive, without emotions) and the mind (always fluctuating and full of anxieties).
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History of Yoga and Meditation in India
According to some archaeologists there are figures that can be dated in the XVII century BC. who appear practicing yoga postures. The Hinduisms consider that yoga in India is eternal and that it has always existed.
What is certain is that yoga appears in one of the most important books of Hinduism, the Bhagavad-gita. Later it appears much more developed in the Patanjali.
Patanjali was a great teacher and is considered the founder of yoga. It is recognized in the Hindu tradition as an incarnation of Ananta-shesha (the celestial serpent) on which rests Lord Vishnu, the world’s creator.
Almost three thousand years ago Sri Patanjali explained the objectives of yoga in India: control of the mind, reduction of suffering, development of spirituality and the ability to separate between good and bad.
Yoga and Meditation in the West
Despite such a long history of yoga in India, it did not reach the West until the beginning of the 20th century. Yoga developed spectacularly in the 60s.
Since then, yoga has become a worldwide phenomenon. The technique has evolved enormously, but the original movements and spirit have been maintained. It has become an aid for millions of people to fight the stress of modern life.
Practicing Yoga and Meditation in India
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One of the most famous places for the development of yoga in India is Rishikesh, known as the world capital of yoga, in the State of Uttarakhand. In this town is also celebrated one of the most famous yoga festivals in the world: International Yoga.
International Yoga Festival
Every year, a yoga festival is conducted in India. People from all around the world avail yoga and meditation tours to reach the country. This International Yoga Festival welcomes thousands of participants from all over the world to experience yoga in its truest form. It is actually hosted by Rishikesh, or Parmarth Niketan, in the state of Uttarakhand. This is the state that is credited for being the birthplace of Yoga. The government of India comes together with a number of other official organizations to make this festival a success every year. For this reason, you wouldn’t have a hard time finding yoga tour packages that suit your requirements.
It is a week-long event. Over the 7 days, different types of meditating activities are scheduled. Trained professionals along with spiritual leaders conduct different categories of yoga classes. You can book a yoga and meditation tour to get an opportunity to relax unlike ever before. Every participant has the authority to come up with their own plan. This means you can choose between ongoing activities. Whatever sounds best to you, attend that meditation session.
The festival is carried out on the banks of Ganga. It consists of over 70 hours of yoga classes. There are also spiritual discussions in the evenings conducted by Indian spiritual leaders and wellness specialists to help ease the minds of participants. Other than yoga and meditation, you also get to experience the culture and tradition of India. There are certain performances, like dances and songs, which are used to entertain as well as educate the tourists who’re on their yoga and meditation tours.
Benefits of Yoga and Meditation
We have all heard of how yoga and meditation can keep you youthful, active, etc. But we haven’t really dug deeper or actually considered researching scientific facts. It has been scientifically proven that yoga and meditation work side by side to cure back pains. If done correctly, it can help relieve all sorts of pains in any body part. Without swallowing anything, you can cure your hangovers as well. People suffering from asthma can get benefits from meditating and yoga. Elder people, especially those with a family history related to heart issues should definitely consider yoga and meditation. Patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis can also get help from yoga as well as meditation. Other than that, you’ll be able to improve your sleep cycle. Migraines are healed. It will help instantly boost your mood as well as help you think clearer.
Best places for Yoga and Meditation courses in Rishikesh
Parmarth Niketen, Sivananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Shree Mahesh Heritage Meditation School
Start searching for yoga tour packages right away. Book your tour for the upcoming yoga festival of 2019. Do not miss out on the opportunity to refresh yourself from within.