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Yoga and Mediation -Antahkarana, Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Jnana Yoga
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Yoga is the spiritual path of discipline aimed at integrating the mind, body and spirit, and achieving a state of enlightenment, edification and unification in the universe. The art of Yoga developed, was perfected and practiced in India 5,000 years ago. The early writing of Yoga were transcribed on delicate palm leaves that were easily damaged or destroyed. Later the references of Yoga can be found in the sacred texts composed by Indian Aryans in the Vedic and post Vedic period. All the philosophies of Yoga are universal and can be incorporated within any belief system.

The credit for organizing the practice of Yoga into the systematic manner goes to 'Patanjali', who is considered as the 'Father of Yoga'. He wrote 'Yoga Sutra' and described the principles of 'eight limbed path' containing the steps and stages towards obtaining 'Samadhi'. He reintroduce the teachings of the ancient Vedas and brought into practices the specially designed techniques to rejuvenate the body and prolong life. It was during this time when Tantra Yoga came into being, with fundamental practices to expurgate or purify the body and mind to break the bond that tie one to his physical existence. In the early 1880's and 1990's, many of the renowned Yog gurus began to travel to the west, attracting attention and gaining million of followers.

Yoga and Meditation in Kerala :
Although there are loads of Yoga and Meditation centers in the country, but Kerala is certainly the best place to experience classical Indian Yoga. The state is the Mecca for peace seeker through Yoga and meditation offering large number of Yoga centers and ashrams conducting Yoga and Meditation classes. Kerala is less intense as compared to other parts of the country. And with it's slow and calm atmosphere, it is a enjoyable place to begin discovering what India has to offer.
Types of Yoga : There are different types of Yoga. Starting with the Karma Yoga, which is the 'Yoga of Action, which purifies the heart and prepares the Antahkarana (the heart and mind) for the reception of Divine Light. The importance of Karma Yoga is that one has to serve the humanity with an egoism. Another one is 'Bhakti Yoga' meaning the spiritual love and devotion to the Lord. To practice this Yoga one has to devote him or herself hundred percent to the lord without any selfishness. One more breed of yoga is the 'Hatha Yoga' which includes practicing of asana or Yoga postures, pranayama (Yoga breathing), mudra (body gesture) and shatkarma (internal cleanings). Than there is 'Jnana Yoga' that gives stress on knowledge. There are seven stages to Jnana including study, self realization, protection of mind, desire, developing indifference to objects, letting the world appear like a dream, non attachment to the world, bliss and knowledge of the truth.

Benefits of Yoga :
  • With the depression and stress factor plummeting high in modern age, the practice of Yoga offers a haven of solace for the mind, body and soul.
  • The best part of Yoga is that it can be practiced by all people irrespective of their age, color, caste, creed or religion.
  • It strengthen your body and mind providing mental peace and physical power. It brings down the stress and help you fight diseases.
  • Yoga infuses a sense of balance and help you live long and healthy life.
  • It bestows greater powers of concentration and self control. Cleanses and improves overall organ functioning Achieve a greater sense of purpose and strength of will.