Yoga originated in ancient India and is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Yoga is a harmony of mind, spirit and body.
Nowadays more and more people are turning to yoga as a method for exploring and improving our inner lives and thus experiencing inner peace. Yoga offers a vast diversity of practices such as physical, breathing, meditative, cleansing practices as well as service, mantras and inspiration for living a more spiritual life. You can try some of the aspects of yoga and check for yourself what fits and works the best for you.
Something you can test and implement in your daily routine is Surya Namaskara which is the sun salutation. It consists of a series of 12 postures that you can combine with breathing, even mantra chanting. Try it out and find the positive effects Surya Namaskar can bring to your physical, mental and emotional health.
Video credits: APPUSERIES, published on Sep 22, 2012
For a video how to practice Surya Namaskar with mantras, go to Materials.
Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development
Video - Surya Namaskar with mantras