Yoga, an ancient art
The origins of Yoga are not known for sure, but archeologist have found figurines as old as the 17th century BC, representeng a figure that seems to be practicing Yoga.
The word comes from the Sanskrit, and means "union." This traditional physical and mental discipline was originated in India and is associated with meditation practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
According to its practitioners, yoga gives as a result:
The union of the individual soul with the divinity (Brahman, Shiva, Visnú, Kali, etc.), among those who have a religious posture of devotional type. Also the perception that the self is spiritual and not material, among those who have a spiritualist posture; and physical and mental well-being, among those with a rationalist stance.
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It's amazing how, as we've evolved, the brain has doubled in size. It weighs about 1,300 gr, but consumes 20% of the fuel that enters our body. The brain is the central organ of the nervous system, it controls all aspects of our life. HOW MEDITATION AND YOGA WORK IN THE BRAIN Yoga and meditation stimulate the neuroplasticity of the brain, that is, the ability of our brains to form and modify neuronal connections thanks to the experiences we experience and to learning. Acts such as controlling, modifying and being aware of our breathing, aligning our body, making postures by contracting some muscles and relaxing others, taking time to leave our mind free of thoughts, living the present consciously ... make our neural connections change.