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Yoga Sutra of Patanjali - Relaxing Body and Mind

Yoga, the system of unification of the human soul with the supreme being, is one of the Indian branches of wisdom which has won universal recognition. This ancient system of knowledge is more or less a way of life, which influences even the subtle aspects of human existence. The great Indian scholar Patanjali is credited with giving shape to its present form of practice.

In Yoga, there are certain forms of exercises called asanas, which improve body flexibility in addition to strengthening muscles. More importantly it relieves mental stress through specific body postures.

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In his book Yoga Sutra, Patanjali has recommended eight stages of yoga discipline- Yamas (restrains), niyamas (surrender of the ego), asanas (physical postures), pranayama (control of breath), partyahara (withdrawl of the senses), dharana (contemplation), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (attainment of super conscious state).

Now, Yoga has become one of the most practiced disciplines in the world. Apart from imparting physical and mental well being, Yoga also helps one to have a better understanding of oneself and improve his or her personality.