Presentation (Project) Title

The Art of Yoga in South Asia

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Linh Ho, University of South Florida

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Holly Singh (Judy Genshaft Honors College)

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Abstract

Yoga has been a well-known health healing practice not only in its origin regions in South Asia but also around the world. It is a traditional art of acquiring the utmost state of body, mind, and soul. In South Asia, for centuries, yoga has been developed and incorporated into people’s lives, representing the culture and religion. The philosophy behind the ancient Indian practice of yoga has influenced various aspects of how society in India functions, whether it be in relation to areas such as health and medicine or education and the arts. It is practiced by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion. This research paper will focus on the impact of yoga on the South Asian community since its birth, especially the health healing aspect and social perception of yoga. In order to conduct the research, various scholarly sources have been thoroughly analyzed. It has come to a conclusion that yoga practice is widely used by South Asians as an important healing art physically and mentally. It also plays a major role in contemporary applications, especially in politics and religious practice.

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The Art of Yoga in South Asia

Yoga has been a well-known health healing practice not only in its origin regions in South Asia but also around the world. It is a traditional art of acquiring the utmost state of body, mind, and soul. In South Asia, for centuries, yoga has been developed and incorporated into people’s lives, representing the culture and religion. The philosophy behind the ancient Indian practice of yoga has influenced various aspects of how society in India functions, whether it be in relation to areas such as health and medicine or education and the arts. It is practiced by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion. This research paper will focus on the impact of yoga on the South Asian community since its birth, especially the health healing aspect and social perception of yoga. In order to conduct the research, various scholarly sources have been thoroughly analyzed. It has come to a conclusion that yoga practice is widely used by South Asians as an important healing art physically and mentally. It also plays a major role in contemporary applications, especially in politics and religious practice.