Yoga came long back from the Indus Valley Civilization around 3000 BCE. Yoga is
there in Rigveda and also, there is reference in Upanishads. Yoga means mental,
physical, spiritual and the disciplines which originally came from ancient
India. The six Astika schools of Hindu philosophical traditions is Yoga.
west of India, yoga introduced in the late 19th and early 20th century by Swami
Vivekananda, excluding asanas. We can see outside India that yoga is developed
into a posture based physical fitness, relaxation technique and stress relief.
Yoga is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core in
the Indian traditions.
Yoga in the western world denotes it not only as an exercise but also through
different body postures and asanas. Yoga relaxes the mind of the individual and
also makes the youth strong to fight with their problems. As a most powerful
exercise, everyone should do yoga daily for one hour in the morning and as well
as in the evening.
International And Indian Scenario
At one time, the United Nations declared 21st June, 2015 as a International Yoga
When the World Health Organization stated that 61% of the deaths are because of
non-communicable diseases (NCD's), which consists of cancer, diabetes,
cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases, etc. and for all this
only one exercise is better that is Yoga and because of it the country will
suffer less and the people of the country will be more health and happy. Now, at
the international level everyone is practicing yoga so that the coming youth
become healthy from the body and mind and live a fit life ahead.
Many valuable contributions to the world are given by India and one among them
is �YOGA�. From yoga we can learn and make a spiritual India. Yoga is connected
with the culture and the heritage of India. Nowadays, yoga is spread by Swami
Ramdev Baba of Patanjali Yoga Peeth Trust and his motto is that in each and
every household of India, yoga is done on regular basis. Yoga has been seen as
an integral part of Indian culture and the changes has been observed in the each
period of history. Learn yoga in today's world has become an important
achievement for the betterment of body and pure soul. Also, yoga has not a
system of rich and poor, caste, religion, race, or gender discrimination, as it
is equal for all the people living in the country.
Cases Of Yoga
The Supreme Court of India asked the centre to decide that the yoga should be
taught in schools from classes I TO VIII and make yoga as a compulsory study for
all students across the schools of India. It is written in Article 21 that Right
to Health is also important and for that the Public Interest Litigation was
filed in Supreme Court Of India by the advocate to make yoga as a important
study in schools but somehow the court rejects the public interest litigation
and said that it is all depend upon the government what has to be taught in
schools and what not we can't interfere in the matter and if we does so, the
government will not follow as the power for education is given in the hands of
government and only there rules are followed upon the schools.
And even court pointed that no judicial order can be passed by us to make any
subject as a curriculum in any schools of India.
In one of the school of US, named as Encinitas Public School which was led by
the superintendent T. Baird, received the permission from the Pattabhi Jois
Foundation to teach the yoga in elementary schools. But when the parents came to
know that yoga is been taught in school then they oppose and said not to teach
yoga as it is a Indian activity and also it is of no use for our children. After
this, the person who introduce the yoga in school said that it is a very
powerful, relaxation and health activity for a person so let it be there. Due to
many reasons came from the parents the school stop teaching yoga activity.
Yoga is the medicine for every small and upcoming problem in life. As you all
practice yoga, it not only improves your physical body but also helps to
maintain the inner peace and relaxes your mind. Moreover, yoga is not just a one
day practice but it's a lifelong commitment. The more and more you are
practicing yoga and the more benefits are coming to your way. If one is
practicing yoga on the daily basis then he/she will enjoy a peaceful and healthy
lifetime. Lastly, for further practice, one should be perfect both physically
and mentally through the daily practice of yoga.
Written By: Simran Kanwar,
B.A.LL.B (5th Year) - Banasthali Vidyapith
Email: [email protected]