The history of yoga is long, and at times unclear, but there can be no doubt that this ancient practice has been around for thousands and thousands of years. The earliest evidence is dated at around 3000 BC, and Yoga was part of the earliest Hindu traditions.
The first truly official Yoga manuscripts appeared in the 2nd Century, written by Patanjali and was called the Yoga Sutra. Before that, Yoga was also influenced by Buddhist teachings. It has always been a practice which helps both the mind and the body, and that is perhaps why it has taken on such a special place in the West.
Yoga was first introduced to Europeans in the 1800’s, and began to become more popular in the mid 1900’s in America, including Maharishi Mahesh who infused transcendental meditation into his teachings on Yoga. This tradition first started with Buddhist influences, and is still a large part of many yoga traditions today.
Of course, many people practice Yoga more for its positive effects on our physical health as opposed to our mental health, but it was no surprise to those who practice Yoga when Western Science and medicine acknowledged that physical exercise helps the mind and the spirit in a number of different ways.
This has been known to people who dedicate their lives to Yoga long before western medicine acknowledged or even studied these effects, and the sustaining power of this tradition has always been its goal to make all aspects of our selves better, both spiritually, mentally and physically.
Of course, there are now many different uses for this ancient tradition, from teachers who stress the physical benefits, and those who are more interested in the mental and spiritual benefits. There are many different levels of Yoga as well, with many poses that are easy for amateurs to pick up.
Don’t try the advanced poses without guidance though! The advanced poses are great exercise, but should not be attempted by beginners.
Hatha yoga is one of the more beginner friendly forms of Yoga, and depending on your goals it will lead you to many more styles and philosophies. Living a better, more content and relaxed life is at the core of all Yoga philosophies, though, whether they are more centered on the physical or the spiritual.
And the physical aspect is undeniable. The strength training and flexibility benefits of Yoga can enhance every other aspect of your physical regimen, which is why so many athletes practice Yoga. It naturally improves your core strength, including key muscles in the back and torso. A result of this conditioning is an automatic improvement in balance and posture, which aids in many different Areas, from alleviating shoulder, back and neck pain to aiding in digestion.
A healthier lifestyle often goes along with yoga – something about the tradition makes many people look at their whole life in a new way, and this often involves gradual changes in diet. While not everyone will become vegetarian, most people will make substantive changes to their overall health regimen as they advance in their practicing of Yoga.
To remind yourself of the positive physical, mental and spiritual benefits, Universe blessed Yoga Jewellery can help you summon the balance that Yoga brings at any time of the day!
Ten Verse Kannon Sutra
ENMEI JUKKU KANNON GYO
This short sutra for Kannon can be chanted during healing services or for mind purification. This sutra is chanted in Zen schools and Tendai school of japanese buddhism.Thanks to the Mountains and Rivers order of Zen for the chant.
KAN ZE ON
NA MU BUTSU
YO BUTSU U IN
YO BUTSU U EN
BUP-PO SO EN
JO RAKU GA JO
CHO NEN KAN ZE ON
BO NEN KAN ZE ON
NEN NEN JU SHIN KI
NEN NEN FU RI SHIN
Kanzeon! At one with Buddha.
Related to all Buddhas in cause and effect.
And to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
Joyful, pure, eternal being!
Morning mind is Kanzeon.
Evening mind is Kanzeon.
This very moment arises from Mind.
This very moment is not separate from Mind.