Yoga Develops Ethical Standards Needed for Human Rights, Here’s How

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Human has been a social animal since ancient times. From the stone age to the skyscrapers of modern time, humans evolved in a world where a variety of cultures, religions, caste, & gender people live together. When it comes to mass living together, some ethical rules & standards become necessary that let not discriminate a person from others. This is what we know as Human Rights.

The idea of developing human rights is not a new concept actually. In the yoga sutra of Patanjali, sage Patanjali has dedicated a specific section to describe the “Yamas” & “Niyamas” that teach a yogi about social ethics s/he must follow. When we learn to live within the ethical rules maintained by society, we naturally start respecting other’s rights.

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    Here’s how yoga helps in evolving a sense of respectfulness & let following human rights:

    1. Improve the Social Connection

    Yoga provides an opportunity to harness the quality of bonding. When a social bond is established, it becomes our duty to behave in a good manner with others.


    Whether you practice yoga in a group with a bunch of other people or you keep up with yourself at your own place, it simply develops a soft linking system with others and our inner self as well. Such an attachment proceed to a better understanding, which leads to influence lives in terms of a moral code of conduct for human rights.

    2. Promote Mutual Respect

    Yoga teaches the way to cultivate the fruit of appreciating each other during the practice. In yoga classes, there comes the point where assistance and adjustment are needed to complete the asana, which demands the other person for a hand. Thanking with a smile not only brings you close to each other but it also develops a strong moral ethic. Such a situation enhances the mutual respect between the indulged two.

    3. Promote the Feeling of Contentment

    there is a difference between need and greed. people of today’s world are striving more than their basic needs, which dissatisfied the person’s life. ‘contentment’ or ‘santosha’ is the second of the five ‘niyamas’. this represents the fulfillment, gratification, serenity, etc. body resist forcible stretching due to stiffness. so, by the content practice of yoga makes the practitioner achieve the particular asana (posture) with ease or unhurriedly.

    4. Stabilizes Irrational and Immature Emotional Behavior

    disordered thoughts processing and distorted mood due to lack of emotional stabilization lead to various unsocial activities such as – theft, rape, murder, torture, brutality, etc. Research has found that by the practice of yogic pranayama technique, such problems can be alleviated. pranayama involves deep breathing, which stimulates the psychological aspects of an individual by stabilizing the prana flowing in the thousands of ‘nadis’ across the body. this ultimately shapes one’s ethics and human rights.



    Being adapted to live in groups we have some guidelines and requirements that should match with the majority. These guidelines are in terms of ethics and morality, which lead us through social communities. morally or ethically immunized individual is believed to be the noblest of the citizen. But the pests like greed, jealousy, anger, selfishness, violence, wrongdoings, etc are making a void in the pillar of our willpower and weakening us morally or ethically. Ancient practice yoga is a potent way to eliminate those pests by its various practices, whether it is asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas or kriyas. These practices correct the root cause due to which they are arising and thriving and ultimately, promote the soft side of wellbeing.

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