27 October 2008

Huffington Post debunks yoga myths

I thought this was an interesting read and even moresore considering it came from the political site, Huffington Post.
Yoga Bunk: Debunked

1 comment:

jindi said...

Yoga (Sanskrit, Pali: yĆ³ga) refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The word is

associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In Hinduism, it also refers to one of the six

orthodox (astika) schools of Hindu philosophy, and to the goal toward which that school directs its practices. In Jainism

it refers to the sum total of all activities—mental, verbal and physical.

Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha

Yoga. Raja Yoga, compiled in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and known simply as yoga in the context of Hindu

philosophy, is part of the Samkhya tradition.[10] Many other Hindu texts discuss aspects of yoga, including Upanishads,

the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita and various Tantras.

The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj," meaning "to control," "to yoke"

or "to unite."[12] Translations include "joining," "uniting," "union," "conjunction," and "means." Outside India, the term

yoga is typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas (postures) or as a form of exercise. Someone who practices

yoga or follows the yoga philosophy is called a yogi or yogini

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