Yoga has a history dating back over five thousand years, to the beginning of the civilization of man. Little is really known about Yoga. it is believed to have originated in Mehrgarh, a neolithic settlement in what is now Afghanistan. Scholars believe it has grown out of Stone Age Shamanism. In this early period of civilization’s beginnings, Yoga was a community resource, because of its attempts to determine cosmic order through inner vision, and apply it to daily living. In later years, yoga evolved into an inner dialogue through which the Yogis sought to develop their own salvation and enlightenment.
The most common reason why Yoga students want to learn meditation is to relax the mind when needed. To relieve the mind and body of negative nervous energy is the result of a complete Hatha Yoga practice. In other words: Physical exercises (asanas), alone, will not produce optimum results for holistic health.
Outside stress is reflected in the reaction of our nervous system. The input stimuli, known as “Fight or flight” affects both our metabolism and well being. When faced with danger, whether real or imagined, the mind prepares the body for execution of one of these two conditions. Manifestation is in the form of increased heart rate, higher blood pressure, and the shutting down of unnecessary bodily functions, such as digestion.
“Meditation is used by people who are perfectly healthy as a means of stress reduction. But if you have a medical condition that’s worsened by stress, you might find the practice valuable in reducing the stress-related effects of allergies, asthma, chronic pain and arthritis, among others.”
Among the most crucial benefits of yoga is stress management. The meditative techniques in yoga helps a person relax and view life and stressors differently. Yoga encourages people to focus and concentrate on the exercise or technique, thereby pushing stress away. Practitioner is also taught how to breathe properly and detach himself from tension.
Yoga is supposed to enhance health and create a virtual fusion between the body and the spirit by performing certain methods involving asana, postures, and breathing and meditation exercises. Although it is widely accepted around the world the Christian community has certain issues with yoga where the opening of one’s mind and spirit for the benefits of yoga is known to be dangerous and is against the preaching of Christianity.