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What is yoga all about?
International Yoga Day is going to be observed across the globe on June 21 this year. In India, the national level celebrations will be at Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand.

It is desirable to understand yoga as a compendium of physical, mental, and spiritual practices, process or philosophical and existential disciplines which originated in ancient India.

Eventually, a good variety of yoga schools of thought and practices emerged in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The word yoga cognates union – the unity of body, mind and spirit or the union of an individual soul with the supreme soul.

Popularly, yoga is seen as a philosophical system presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with linkage to the practical aspects of philosophy while performing one's duties in everyday life.

Here are pattern poetry pieces on yoga to understand its precepts in short.

An acrostic on yoga

Y: 'Yuj' is the root word meaning 'union' of the individual self with the cosmic self

O: Originated as pre-Vedic Indian tradition about 5000-600 years ago as a philosophy of life

G: God Shiva is called Adi Yogi who introduced the concept with ultimate goal of Yoga as moksha

A: Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali systematized it as practice and knowledge area to unify body, mind and self

ABC verse on Yoga

A: Attaining the ultimate aim of life – liberation – through union of body, mind and spirit

B: Being enlightened through let go and detached action

C: Controlling body and mind through techniques of body postures and regulated breathing

D: Developing self-observation, meta-cognition through meditation to dispel darkness of ego and for self-realization

E: Expansion of consciousness to become one with cosmic consciousness

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