The numerous Yoga Asanas known and unknown all have a connection to Lord Shiva and have been derived from his movements.
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means ‘to unite’, ‘to yoke’ or ‘to join’. Yoga is a spiritual discipline which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is a science and art of healthy living.
History of Yoga
One of the great deities of Hinduism is Lord Shiva. He is the Adi Yogi and is honored by his devotees as the personification of Yogic perfection and the benefactor of Yogic science to mankind. If one wants to know and understand the origins of Yoga, they need to first look at Lord Shiva who is the Supreme consciousness behind the universe.
The numerous Yoga Asanas known and unknown all have a connection to Lord Shiva and have been derived from his movements. Shiva is the master of Yoga. He is usually seen in the Padmasana (Lotus Pose) surrounded by animals. Even his dance movements as Nataraj, reflect various Yogic postures.
Many of Lord Shiva’s representations depict signs of complete Yoga mastery. His eyes are half-closed in meditation, while his third-eye is open on his forehead which is the eye of wisdom. The crescent moon on his forehead is the symbol of knowledge and mystical vision. The snake coiled around his neck symbolizes the Kundalini energy that is present in all of us. The River Ganga cascading from his matted locks symbolize everlasting purification.
It is believed that Lord Shiva first conveyed his knowledge of Yoga to his spouse, Parvati. Later, for the good of mankind, he imparted the science of Yoga to seven Rishis who passed on the knowledge to the rest of humanity. These seven were known as the Saptarishis who spread the philosophy of Yoga to mankind.
Many Yoga traditions originate from Lord Shiva and He is honored as the original Guru of Yoga. Shiva symbolizes the calming and balancing effect of all Yoga practices. Yoga Philosophy is best and well described in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Maharishi Patanjali and Yoga Sutras. Though Yoga was being practiced in the pre-vedic period, Maharishi Patanjali systemized and codified the existing Yogic practices, its meaning and its related knowledge.
Rudraksha & Yoga
Wearers of the Rudraksha mala, especially the monks and the yogis have known to experience tremendous amount of tranquility and control over their mind and concentration during meditation. It has been experienced by many wearers, rudraksha brings happiness, calmness, and prosperity to life and leads a person to the path of spirituality.
For most people who are seeking spirituality, wearing Rudraksha malas helps them connect to their meditative state, gain inner peace, and avoid distractions. Every Rudraksha is believed to be a bio-generator that balances the wearer’s Chakras, energy field, Kundalini energy and the nerves of the brain.
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