Yoga Origins (01:26)
Yoga was conceived 5,000 years ago in the Indian subcontinent. Composed by the eighth and ninth centuries B.C., the Upanishads enshrined its philosophical ideas. Cultural historian Benoy K. Behl discusses the notion that an unquiet mind limits obtaining the true self.
The Katha Upanishad says knowledge of the eternal must be acquired by subtle faculties developed through meditation. Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanidi says modern science looks outward; the yogic perspective looks inward. Yoga studies consciousness itself.
Defining Yoga (02:39)
Over centuries, thinkers researched the self, developing logic and epistemology and examining knowledge. Yoga means to unite oneself with the higher self, and join the subject with the object. It strips away sensory perceptions binding us to the material world.
Counterbalancing the Material World (02:09)
Mental and physical health have deteriorated. Dr. David Frawley says Westerners have pursued the outer world, while neglecting the inner consciousness. Yoga can help achieve a holistic view of health for individuals, humans, nature, and the universe.
Science of Self Development (02:57)
Yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism come from the same roots in Eastern philosophy. Swami Sitaramananda discusses yoga's spiritual transformation promoting peace and health. Yoga deconstructs our outer view of physical reality, restores our inner consciousness, and unites us with the universal consciousness.
Yoga brings true self-awareness, calming the mind and reducing distraction. Rather than being controlled by our bodies and thoughts, it focuses on the present moment. Yoga considers the mind as separate from consciousness itself and acting uncontrollably.
Controlling the Monkey Mind (02:19)
Yoga sutras author Patanjali wrote that yoga is a state of mental stillness, in which we can discover true consciousness. Asanas focus the chitta, the subconscious mind in constant motion, eliminating desire and attaining happiness.
Yama and Niyama (02:18)
Yoga foundations include restrictions, observances, and darmic values of living in harmony with the universe. Yama and Niyama are methods for evolving from the animal brain into the conscious use of the human brain and for finding contentment.
Achieving Contentment (01:24)
The modern world tries to follow through on the promise of ego satisfaction. Yoga shows us how to look inward and be satisfied with what we already have.
Yoga in the West (02:51)
Yoga historian Philip Goldberg says American culture has embraced yoga; the practice brings relief from the stress of modern life. Teachers discuss how it enhances religious experiences and brings peace of mind and body.
Balance and Health (03:05)
Scientific research has confirmed yoga health benefits. Behl calls for yoga to be introduced in education and medicine. Ayurvedic medicines relieve symptoms but do not cure disease; samatva, or balance, promotes healing and prevention.
Yoga and Brain Health (02:17)
Research shows that chanting ohm quiets the limbic system and decreases emotional response. Yoga also improves daily brain repair.
Search Inside Yourself Program (02:44)
Google offers yoga asana and meditation practices to its employees. Modern science seeks ways to shape the world; yoga seeks victory over the mind, reveals the true self, and connects the self to universal consciousness.
Credits: Yoga: The Divinity of Grace (01:21)
Credits: Yoga: The Divinity of Grace
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