Mind Body Medicine

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Mind-Body Medicine uses the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health. Yoga is an example of Mind-Body Medicine. Yoga, as we know it today, is the result of complex evolution that has been going on for at least 5000 years. The history of Yoga generates from the Archeological findings from the cities Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, which revealed a portrait of a human being or god meditation in what looks like a Yoga posture. Yoga is believed to be derived from the Inus-Saravati people dated to 3000 to 5000 B.C. Vedic Yoga is the oldest written records of Indian culture and yogic activities found in the Vedas 3000 years ago. In order to practice the rather long ritual, you had to be able to focus on the mind at the highest level. Pre-classical Yoga dates back about 2000 years ago until year 200. Classical Yoga is known as the eight-limbed Yoga and was written around year 100-200 A.C The goal of this Yoga was to free the soul from the material world in order to take its original, pure form. Post-Classical Yoga developed a few hundred years after Classical Yoga. In the past, Yoga did not pay very much attention to the physical body. It was more focused on contemplation and meditation. The goal was to leave their bodies and the world in order to re-unite with their soul. This new generation developed different exercised, in addition with deep breathing and meditation, to keep the body young and prolong life. Modern Yoga began in Chicago in 1893 at the parliament of Religions. In 1947, the first Yoga studio was opened in Hollywood by Indra Devi. Indra Devi was known as “the first lady of Yoga”. Ms. Devi taught movie stars and educated hundreds of Yoga teachers. The book, “Sport and Yoga” was written by a Yoga teacher and was translated into fourteen languages and sold more than half a million copies. Today, Yoga is incorporated by many athletes and sports teams to reduce injury, strengthen and focus training regimens. In the 1960’s, the...
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