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The term “YOGA” came from word “YOG” from Hindu traditions. Yoga in the Western world often denotes as hatha yoga and yoga as exercise, consisting largely of the postures called asanas.Yoga is one of the six Āstika (orthodox) schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-vedic Indian traditions; possibly in the Indus valley civilization around 3000 BCE. It is mentioned in the Rigveda, but yoga most likely developed as a systematic study around the 5th and 6th centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Upanishads. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the 2nd century BCE, and gained prominence in the west in 20th century after being first introduced by Swami Vivekananda. Hatha yoga texts emerged sometimes between the 9th and 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the West, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century with his adaptation of yoga tradition, excluding asanas. Outside India, it has developed into a posture-based physical fitness, stress-relief and relaxation technique. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology, ontology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

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1. What is Yoga?
Meaning if Yoga is Union.To unite soul with god is Yoga.Yoga is way to find the One and merge with original source. In practicality Yoga is sequence of asanas and breathing techniques. continue practising of yoga is bring you to the reality.
2. What is the difference between yoga and meditation?
To understand it, we can take it like meditation is an aspect of Yoga. Meditation is not something that you can do. But you can become meditative. Meditation is a certain quality, not a certain act. If you cultivate your body, mind, energies and emotions to a certain level of maturity, meditation naturally happens. It is just like if you keep the soil fertile, if you give it the necessary manure and water and if the right kind of seed is there, it will grow and bloom into flowers and fruits.
3. Can I do yoga if I eat non-veg and drink?
Yoga has no strict restriction over eating habits, but you really want benefits from yoga, you should not have non-veg and drink, it’s a deeper understanding of life. If you knew how to become absolutely ecstatic just by your own chemistry, you wouldn’t smoke or take a drink in your life.
4. How can yoga help in overall development?
Yoga is not about knowing your true self, It is the process of merging true self with cosmic energy. When your experience of life shifts from being a limited entity to universality, this is yoga. When there is a kind of oneness or wholeness within ourselves, this is yoga. Then you have a certain freedom to play with your life whichever way you want, but at the same time life cannot leave a scratch upon you.
5. How does one become a yoga teacher?
Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs are an excellent opportunity for those interested in teaching yoga, or for those who would like to enrich their spiritual experience and bring more discipline in their practice.
6. What asanas are included in a complete yoga workout?
A complete yoga sequence should comprise asanas that help to balance out the imbalances in the system. Every asana has its own significance, so mix of all the asana is always good, Surya Namaskar is one of the best yoga kriya. It is very important to include yoga nidra at the end of any asana sequence as the body and mind needs the time to assimilate the effects of the asanas.
7. What is the minimum age to start yoga?
An infant is a born yogi. The whole process is of flexibility and spirituality, So there is no age limit for start yoga learning.
8. Is yoga a Hindu practice?
Although yoga has its origins in Hinduism, yoga transcends any religion or culture. Its application is universal. Knowledge, which is scientific or spiritual, has universal application regardless of its origin. For example, the law of gravity was discovered in the West, but its application is universal. It would be childish of people in the East, to say that they will not use televisions and telephones, just because they were invented in the West. Similarly, it would be very narrow minded to say, that one will not use yoga because it comes from Hinduism - even though its benefits are well known.
9. What should be the duration of a yoga practise session?
Aim at doing your practices - for at least one hour every day in the beginning. If you do not have one hour every day, do your practices for whatever duration you can, however small it may be. Be regular and consistent in your practice. 20 minutes of daily practice is better than two hours of occasional practice.
10. What are the significance of the Surya Namaskar?
The Surya Namaskar - literally means Salutations to the Sun. Surya Namaskar is a beautiful set of asanas that massages, detoxifies and stimulates almost every organ of the human body, brings suppleness to the spine. It can be done fast, as a cardiac toner or at a slower pace to strengthen and tone the muscles and enhance the functioning of internal organs. It can also be performed with the different mantras (names of the Sun). Like all other yoga practices, it is important to learn it under proper supervision and guidance.
11. Are there any side-effects of doing yoga?
There are no side effects of yoga when it done under proper supervision of a trained yoga teacher. The only benefit of yoga is Positive.

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