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Am ținut azi-dimineață un discurs (chief guest) la Stejarii Country Club, de ziua internațională a Yoga. Excerpte:
Importanța Yoga a fost făcută cunoscută pentru protejarea sănătății și vindecare bolilor. În acest an, Națiunile Unite au adoptat, fără vot ori rezoluție, declarând ziua de 21 iunie ca International Day of Yoga, recunoscând că „Yoga asigură o abordare holisitcă a sănătății și bunăstării”. Cum Yoga și Ayurveda sunt complementare una alteia – și practicarea Yoga poate crește benefic efectele Ayurveda – ele pot merge o cale lungă dând bună sănătate și prevenind boala.
Addressing the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji reminds us that Yoga is not what you do it is who you are. He shares that Yoga is not just about the union of our nose to our knees or our head to our toes, its about the union of ourself with the Divine.
Yoga includes religion, philosophy, and practices. Schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Types Raja yoga, Hata yoga (phisical), etc.
Yoga is fundamented in the Rigveda, Hindu Upanishads, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, etc.
In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the root yuj) means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its most common literal sense. By figurative extension from the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses. According to Pāṇini, a 6th-century BCE Sanskrit grammarian, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau (to concentrate). In the context of the Yoga Sutras of (to concentrate) is considered by traditional Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau commentators as the correct etymology. Vyasa states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).
Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi (may be applied to a man or a woman) or yogini (traditionally denoting a woman).