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6-Patanjali: the father of Yog
See also  " A Story about Patanjali"

The Science of Yog is one of several unique contributions of India to the world. It seeks to discover and realize the ultimate Reality through Yaugik practices. Aachaarya Patanjali (200 BC) the founder of Yog , hailed from the district of Gonda (Ganara) in Uttar Pradesh, India. Patanjali is believed to be the incarnation of Anant serpent Bhagavaan. When he decided to teach Yog to the world, he fell from sky and fell into the open palms - Anjalee (Pat mean fall and when two open palms are joined together side by side, it is called Anajalee), that is why he is known as Patanjali).

He prescribed the control of Praan (life breath) as the means to control the body, mind and soul. This subsequently rewards one with good health and inner happiness. Aachaarya Patanjali's 84 Yaugik postures effectively enhance the efficiency of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems and many other organs of the body.

Yog has eight limbs where Aachaarya Patanjali shows the attainment of the ultimate bliss of God in Samaadhi through the disciplines of: Yam, Niyam, Aasan, Praanaayaam, Pratyaahaar, Dhyaan and Dhaaranaa. The Science of Yog has gained popularity because of its scientific approach and benefits. Yog also holds the honored place as one of six philosophies in the Indian philosophical system. Aachaarya Patanjali will forever be remembered and revered as a pioneer in the science of self-discipline, happiness and self-realization.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/05/13