YUJ - Mantra of Life

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By Preksha Mahesh, Class 9, Daffodils Foundation For Learning, Banglore

There was once a man who sat cross-legged, joined his hand, closed his eyes and concentrated. The others laughed at him. He took positions that twisted his body and focused. The others made fun of him. Now, the others do what the man did and they are not laughed at, they are healthy and happy. I still wonder why it took so long for people around the globe to accept and appreciate YOGA. Yoga is from India, where it was developed hundreds of years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit term ' yuj ' or ' yoke ' which means to join or unite. The main objectives of yoga are to bring us closer to our human nature and to unite our body,mind and soul. There are different types of yoga that vary according to the sources they were developed from.

Jnana yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Mantra yoga, Kundalani yoga, Raja yoga and Hatha yoga are the various types of yoga out of which Hatha yoga is the most widespread in the world. All these types of yoga have their own special meaning and purpose. A number of scientific researches have found out that YOGA is extremely beneficial and helps in the modification of brain waves, greater bone density, better blood circulation and peace of mind (very necessary ). Most importantly yoga helps us (according to me from what I have understood) to bring our mind and soul together - creating peace for ourselves - instead of allowing our mind to be carried away by he ocean of daily worries. If not yoga, then any other type of exercises (even music) should be practiced to keep our mind and body healthy and happy. This will help you to find peace and motivation to do something new every day - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. 

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