Yoga in West
Yoga is basically a primeval Indian art. It is meant for the
enlightenment of spiritual intelligence and achievement of physical fitness. It
is a precious resource of knowledge, endurance, spirituality and fitness. Yoga
aims to bring a 'union or merger' or one's soul and body for perfect repose,
peace and self-enlightenment. Yoga basically has its origin from the 'Patanjali
Shastra'. It is completely based on the metaphysical thinking of Indian culture.
It is now that yoga has become equally popular with west. Sages and Saints from
various parts of India have been practicing this wonderful art since centuries.
Introduction Of Yoga To The West
Yoga has now become a very popular activity in the west from last few decades.
Very famous Hollywood artists confess their love and passion for this art.
Basically, yoga came in contact with the west during the times of Plato and
Aristotle who paid ample acknowledgments to Indian values in their arts. These
contacts were furthered by Alexander's arrival in India in the third century
B.C. The formation of Asiatic Society quite later boosted up the concept of
Indian mysticism in west which also included the wonders of yoga. The Yoga was
formally introduced in the west through Sanskrit to English or Hindi to English
translations of Indian epics.
Progress Of Yoga In West
Modern Yoga gained momentum in the west after late 1800's after the famous
disciples of Swami Vivekananda and other great gurus traveled to west and came
in contact of the people of west who also inclined towards this art. Germans
were the first people to explore the beauty of the Sanskrit language and Vedic
mystery. Scholars like Max Mull immensely contributed in making Indian
philosophy popular in west. With time several yoga masters went to west from
India and brought popularity to this art in the west. Hatha Yoga then became the
most popular form of Yoga in the west.
Hatha Yoga: The Most Popular Form Of Yoga In West
With time Hatha Yoga has become the most popular form of Yoga in West. The Hatha
Yoga has derived its meaning from 'Ha' of Sun and 'tha' of moon. It is popularly
called forceful yoga because it seems to require all the physical exercises of
yoga popularly known. It is said to be very balancing form of yoga aimed to
balance to opposite forces in the body. The entire art of Hatha yoga is based on
basic features of yoga, breathing techniques, postures and energizing the subtle
channels. It also aims to increase concentration and balance the energy level in