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The History of Yoga in India

It’s generally agreed that there are three main periods of yoga dissemination.

1. Prehistoric: The teachings were handed down from master to student orally, with no written record. These teachings were supposedly passed on by gurus who lived in forest hermitages
2. Historic: The practice of passing on teachings from gurus to disciples continued in forest retreats, but with a mixture of oral and written traditions
3. Modern: Bringing together of teachings from many sources, frequently making use of written sources without the need for a teacher to instruct students.

The Beginnings of Yoga
The beginnings of Yoga are shrouded in the mists of time. What’s not in doubt is the fact that yoga has been in existence for at least 2,500 years, but many experts also believe that it’s more likely to be around 5,000 or even 10,000 years. One of the difficulties with attempting to date the first awakenings of the yoga movement is that in the early days it was an oral tradition, passed down from teacher to student. Eventually, the theories and practices began to be recorded, but initially this was on fragile palm leaves, which have not stood the test of time. Only in later years were more permanent ways found to record the important aspects of this ancient practice. Continue reading The History of Yoga in India

The Advantages of using Yoga as Complementary Therapy for Cancer

Cancer will affect around one in two people and is one of the world’s major health conditions. The World Health Organisation estimates that 14.2 million people are diagnosed annually with cancer, and that figure is set to almost double over the next 20 years. Understandably, vast resources are being invested into researching the causes of cancer and possible cures, and certainly the prognosis for many cancers is significantly more positive than in the past. However, many people who are diagnosed with cancer will lose their lives to the disease, so being told you have cancer is one of the most traumatic health events you’re ever likely to encounter.
There are several recognised medical approaches to treating cancer, but many people also turn to other treatments and therapies, either in the hope of an alternative cure or to help them the manage the unpleasant side effects that conventional treatments can cause. Continue reading The Advantages of using Yoga as Complementary Therapy for Cancer

Yoga for a good night’s sleep

It’s 3am and you’re still struggling to get some much needed shuteye. Your brain just won’t shut off, and you find yourselves tossing and turning, unable to get comfortable. If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t fret, you’re in good company. In a recent study conducted by the Centre for Disease Control, anywhere from 120 – 130 million people around the world suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Continue reading Yoga for a good night’s sleep

Yogic Diet Tips for Indigestion

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Yoga is deeply concerned with Nature’s raw sources of energy: oxygen and diet. While the first one can be extensivelly addressed in a normal yoga class the second one tends to be a topic of those who are longing to loose some weight and getting fit. A proper diet is surely the key point Continue reading Yogic Diet Tips for Indigestion