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ISSN Print: 2394-7500, ISSN Online: 2394-5869, CODEN: IJARPF


Vol. 8, Issue 8, Part B (2022)

Ashtanga yoga: Modern day practice and its physiological & psychological impact

Ashtanga yoga: Modern day practice and its physiological & psychological impact

Priyanka Rai
Yoga is the one of the most sought after practices in the modern world as faith, as healing factor, as medicinal practice, as a fitness routine and as a practice to attain happiness and peace. It has its origin in the old vedic civilization and the region of Indian sub-continent. It has gained momentum in the past 5-6 decades in the west and all across the world. A 2008 poll commissioned by Yoga Journal reported that 6.9 percent of U.S. adults (15.8 million people), currently practice yoga, with fifty percent of the practitioners indicating that they began practicing yoga to improve overall health (, 2008). Yoga has seemingly found a place within the fitness industry as evidenced by a survey of North American health clubs (Club Programs: IHRSA member census and 1208 North American clubs, 2003) that found 86% of member clubs offered yoga classes, and the increasing number of DVDs on the market promoting yoga as means for total body strengthening and weight loss. However this increasing trend has not been due to any research evidence which has disabled the practicing professionals, teachers and yoga club attendants from making an informed and empirical decision. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to Join’ or ‘to Yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Hence yoga is sought to unite the individual consciousness with the world consciousness. As per the scientist the universe is the manifestation of the same quantum firmament. Here in this paper we will seek to establish the facts about the philosophy, theory, practice, parts and methodology of a school of yoga system called ‘Ashtanga Yoga’. We will also be emphasizing on the positive impact yielded by the yogic intervention and the criticisms faced by the people. The approach will be to bring out an informed inquiry into the system of Ashtanga Yoga by understanding its various parts and parcels.
Pages: 92-95  |  388 Views  180 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Priyanka Rai. Ashtanga yoga: Modern day practice and its physiological & psychological impact. Int J Appl Res 2022;8(8):92-95.
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