Do any of the ancient Hindu/Indian texts mention the importance/unimportance of physical activity/exercise in one's life?

  • heard of Yoga ? – ram Mar 31 '19 at 17:47
  • Surya Namaskar. – ram Mar 31 '19 at 17:54

Yes, the 'Yoga-Sutra' by Patanjali and other scriptures on Yoga lay emphasis on 'Asana', which are alternatively called yoga-Asanas.

The eignt parts of yoga are

yamas cha niyamascha eva Asanam cha tathA eva cha/prAnAyAmas tathA gargi pratyAhAras cha dhAranA/ dhyAnam samadhi retAni yogangAni varAnane// ( yogi-yagjnavalka,(1/45). So the eight parts are yama, Niyama, Asana, PrAnAyAma, pratyAhaAra, DhAranA, dhyana and samadhi.

Asana is defined as

sthirasukham Asanah (Yoga-Sutra,sadhana-pAda,46).. So what makes one sit comforably and being still is Asana.

Practice of Asana and PrAnayAma are both involved with physical activity/excercise.

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  • But, If you are seated you are static where is there physical activities in it? :D – Rickross Apr 1 '19 at 4:44
  • @Rickross While doing different yogasanas and pranayams, physical activity is definitely involved. – user17294 Apr 1 '19 at 4:45
  • For e.g to do dhyana we need to seat comfortbaly in some yogic posture.. is that a physical activity? So, IMO by physical activities OP is trying to mean activities like running, swimming etc .. – Rickross Apr 1 '19 at 4:46
  • Yogasanas are static postures .. you don't move .. that's what I meant – Rickross Apr 1 '19 at 4:47
  • @Rickross There are sixty four or more variants of the yoga-asanas and practising them or practising the three vandhas of the Hatha-yoga definitely involve physical activities. – user17294 Apr 1 '19 at 6:34

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