“Yoga is said to be equanimity” (Bhagvad Gita 2:48)
“Yoga is skill in action” (Bhagvad Gita 2:50)
“Know that which is called Yoga to be separation from contact with suffering” (Bhagvad Gita 6:23)
So in Bhagvad Gita what is said about Yoga is little different from the Yoga we know these days.
Today what we know about yoga and how we understand it is very limited.
We see it as some physical asanas and postures for good physical health.
When the west got tired of relying only on medication and surgeries for various diseases they turned to one of the most ancient practices of India, it was yoga.
In 20th century yoga revived after a long period of time and went to west but only a part of it.
For the country from where this ancient gem originated it is not limited to the asanas and physical well being but it is a lot more than that.
History of yoga
Yoga began as an ancient practice that originated in India about 3000 B.C. The stone carved figure in Indus Valley depicts the original postures.
Yoga in India
In reality yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or discipline which originated in ancient India.
It is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical tradition.
Yoga is not about only training our body through asanas which are actually a part of Hath Yoga. But it is also about training our minds.
Yoga is also about doing everything in our life with full of consciousness. And only a calm mind can do this job which requires the highest level of skill.
In Raja Yoga we learn to train our minds. We learn to control all the waves of emotions and anxiety in our mind which stop our mind from functioning the way it should.
We know that in order to lead a happy and peaceful life our mind and body must complement each other.
To make a better world first we need to make our mind and body better.
We must give it a try.
And for the people who think it is useless.
I want to tell only one thing that the yogis from India who taught the world had not too many means and resources yet they achieved the highest peak of their mind.
We need that kind of skills. We need yoga in our lives.