Yoga is a spiritual tradition that began in India about 5,000 years ago. Historically its practices have been adopted by such religions as Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. However, the practice of yoga is compatible with any religion, as well as atheism. The word yoga means union in Sanskrit. Many of the yoga traditions believe that the practices of yoga lead to union of a person with his or her true nature, or with God or the universe (however one wishes to conceptualize it). How this is interpreted and the means employed to get there differ in the various yoga traditions.
Patanjali, author of the classic yoga text, the Yoga Sutra, defined yoga as the quieting of the fluctuations of the mind. From a yogic perspective, the mind, and its ceaseless internal monologue, is the source of suffering. The various yoga practices serve to calm the mind. From a wellspring of relaxed concentration-the hallmark of yoga-comes inner peace, heightened creativity, and awareness of our essential nature.
Here we would like to quote Sadhguru (is an Indian yogi, mystic and author) “Yoga is not an exercise form as is commonly misunderstood today. “Yoga” literally means union. Modern science proves that the whole existence is just one energy – but you are not experiencing it that way. If you can break this illusion that you are separate, and experience the oneness of existence, that is yoga. To lead you towards this experience, there are various methods. Asanas are one aspect.
There are other dimensions to this, but to put it simply, if you observe yourself, when you are angry, you sit one way. If you are happy, you sit another way. If you are depressed, another way. For every level of consciousness or mental and emotional situation you go through, your body tends to take certain postures. The converse of this is the science of asanas. If you consciously get your body into different postures, you can elevate your consciousness. Understanding the mechanics of the body, creating a certain atmosphere, and using the body to drive your energy in specific directions is what yogasanas are about”
Yoga is more than poses
When people in the West hear the word yoga, they usually think of the stretching and strengthening poses known as asana [AHS ah nah], which are the primary focus of most yoga classes. But asana is only one aspect of a multidimensional system that includes:
Breathing practices, known as pranayama
Moral precepts against stealing, lying, doing harm to yourself and others, etc.
Selfless service such as volunteer work, known as karma yoga
Study of yoga philosophy
Kapil India Tours have Yoga teachers & trainers available in every city, who can teach you Yoga in which ever cities you are staying. So if you are travelling a touristic circuit and still would like to have some sessions on Yoga, we can arrange this for you. A Yoga teacher can reach you at your hotel; we can do a session on the Ghats of Ganges; we can arrange a session on the banks of Yamuna with backdrop of Taj Mahal; we can arrange a session in an open space in any of the Rajasthan cities.
And in case you are not that kind of traveller who is satisfied with an hour’s session dose of Yoga, we have long stays options in Rishikesh, Kerala, Dharamshala or in Tamil Nadu.