Though nobody knows the precise origin of yoga, meditation and self-hypnosis, one thing is absolutely certain, they are more than millenia old. Eminent students are sure the origins and practice of yoga and meditation can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization. Despite the fact that these practices give the expert a sense of well being and peace it wasn't in style till fairly recently.
Though yoga and meditation are frequently linked together they are also different. Meditation is thought to have been practiced across the world for an especially long time. Self-hypnosis is also thought to have existed in the world for a long time. These alternate systems of healing and self-healing have existed for loads of year’s despite attempts to discourage them by various vested interests for instance fundamentalists and dogmatists. Does it not make you wonder why some people would wish to deter something as fantastic as self-hypnosis, meditation and yoga? Well the answer is easy. The great majority of people who against these techniques were folk in control- control over other people. And they were under no circumstances willing to relinquish the control they had over the masses, because these methodologies thought one the right way to have control over one’s well being (physical, mental & spiritual).
In numerous societies of the planet these practices were banned. Folk in states under dictatorship, communism were forbidden to practice yoga meditation, and self-hypnosis. Why? Because communism didn't allow folk to query and receive answers about any thing aside from what they wanted the people to know. They wanted folks who were not in contact with their spirituality, whose consciousness wasn't awakened. They wanted their masses to be like bots and just obey commands. And we all know that yoga takes us to a higher plane and a raised level of consciousness. So folks who practice yoga cannot be manipulated in the opinion of the whims and fancies of certain folks. Because of this sort of oppression many people in the previous Soviet union practiced Yoga in secret.
As a person who has lived in a free country all his life I find this tough to comprehend, as will all of you who live in a free society. All we're able to conclude is that if folk were happy to risk their lives for the well being offered by yoga there has to be something to it. Think about all the sages who realized self and more through yoga.
In the modern day of widgets, where we have some device or other to do about any thing we'd like, we continue to have no time for ourselves-no time to take really good care of our well being, our spirituality, of self awakening. Who is holding you back from yoga? Nobody But you yourself. Take one or two seconds to oneself, put your feet up and relax. Think about all of the benefits that you will gain by practicing yoga or meditation or self-hypnosis. Think of the well being that is the results of practicing these self-development techniques. Don't you want to feel good about your self, be relaxed and chilled and be in a position to cope with the vagaries of life confidently and quietly.