Yoga can be a help to regain serenity but also to improve health



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Yoga can be a help to regain serenity but also to improve health

For yoga it is essential to choose a qualified school, better than a multisports gym. There are various types of yoga: ashtanga is more dynamic and favors individual practice, iyengar uses supports such as bricks or ropes to help the body.

Yoga provides simple and calmly performed positions, to which notions of breathing are combined, and kundalini works according to the classes on an energetic aspect and on a different chakra. In short, there is no excuse to postpone.

In one of the next articles we will talk about the psychophysical benefits of Chinese martial arts. For each discipline the relationship between breathing and posture is fundamental. It is no coincidence that many teachers choose to open or close the practice with a few minutes of inhalation and exhalation.

A certain consistency is essential: a couple of times a week for beginners, even four or five for those who are advanced. Yoga can be a help to regain serenity but also to improve one's health. It happens with many oriental disciplines, such as Chinese martial arts, karate or judo.

The main thing to say and also the most important thing to remember is that yoga is based on the breath, a live mitive of many oriental disciplines. The timetable is naturally subjective based on any family and work commitments and one's own biorhythm.

But the best time, as the Indians teach, is in the morning. The body is less stressed, the stomach is clean and the mind is clear. You can start with half an hour and then quickly arrive at an abundant hour.

About Yoga history

As we have seen, Yoga does not belong to the Vedic civilization (2500 - 500 BCE), even if terms deriving from the same verbal root of the noun are already attested in the Saṃhitā of the Vedas.

As a concept attributable to its current meaning, Yoga in fact makes its appearance in the successive Vedic Upaniṣads of the middle period, approximately between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE, to then be systematized as a discipline and as a philosophy in an unidentified period between the second century.

BCE and the 5th century. Therefore, on the basis of the texts available to us, it can be concluded that Yoga developed or in any case imposed itself in a period of time located between the beginning of the current era. However, this cannot confirm the supposition that the origins are also placed in this same period: the contrary hypothesis is legitimate for at least two reasons.

First of all we find ourselves in a period in which the main means of diffusion of knowledge was still that of the oral tradition, while Yoga could have arisen or developed in sections of the population not used to writing or in any case far from the Brahmanic world, in which the official religion was established and regulated by the highest caste, the Brahmins.

Secondly, it is observed that Yoga, as a philosophical discipline based on a practical path rather than on metaphysical knowledge, contrasts both with the Vedic culture and, in part, with the Upaniṣadic one