In the session, the following main points were made on Yoga.
- Yoga does not belong to a particular country or a particular religion since its roots are more spiritual
- Yoga is not a physical activity; it is more a spiritual one which keeps mind and body at peace.
- Popularity of Bhakti Yoga in America is on the increase
- Yoga has grown around the world and will not take a step back
It is widely believed that Hindu monks, beginning with Swami Vivekananda, brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century but has become popular as a physical system of health exercises in the West and it has been commercialized.
However, the authentic yoga is one which spiritualizes an individual. The authentic yoga is based on the principles of Patanjali's "Ashtanga Yoga" derived from the 29th Sutra of his second book.
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