Yoga is science of life carrying
in it the mystery of conservation of health and complete transformation of
life. Its techniques offer remedies of health and hygiene chiefly because these
are half therapy. Yogic therapy contributes to the integration of personality
through healthy body and mind with minimum of time, effort and expense. This is
attained by promotive, preventive and curative methods. Whereas Promotive
methods bring in homeostatic functioning in the body, Preventive methods
protect individuals from exposure to bad influences and Curative methods bring
cure in the disturbed psychophysiological function.
The mechanism through which yogic therapy achieve results are by;
Direct influence on the body organs like
muscles, joints, ligaments, visceral organs to counteract repeated irritations
causing stiffness. Influence on visceral organs possibly decrease metabolic
Influence through autonomic nervous system by
reducing sympathetic tone and promoting parasympathetic tone, leading to
Influence through higher nervous system by
voluntary control over somatic system and by influencing psychic areas in the
While the first two mechanisms are involved in the maintenance and promotion of psychophysical health, the third mechanism governs the spiritual aspect of personality.
In today’s times most of the asanas and pranayama are popularized as if they are for a particular physical or mental problem. For example, ardha matsyendrasana for diabetics or sheetali pranayama for controlling high blood pressure etc. As a matter of fact, only asana or pranayama is not going to help if it is done in a mechanical pattern. There are other factors that play a major role in the recovery and rehabilitation process. Some of these other factors are;
Awareness – In order to get the benefit it is
not important that the posture is perfect; more important is the awareness of
the body and mind
Attitude – all Yoga practices are based on the
laws of nature. It is very important to understand its scientific details with
Commitment – quite often people take up Yoga as
an experiment. Sometime when all other doors are closed, people come to Yoga
and expect a miracle or instant recovery. One has to practice Yoga as a lifestyle;
once in a while practice won’t give the desired results.
Relaxation & Restoration –stop, breathe and
relax. Give body and mind time it needs!
Yogic practices vary as individuals vary. According to the individual needs the nature of yogic practices will differ. But with due discrimination every individual stands to benefit in some way. There are limits everywhere. On the basis of limitations of age, environment, maturity, and general physical capabilities one has to select appropriate yogic practices to start with.
Yoga has always been a growing discipline. It has gone through several stages of development and has adjusted to the needs of the day. It never prescribed the same approach to all persons. It has always showed regard to individual differences. Yoga in modern times is taking a new dimension. There is a tendency to look for help from Yoga in every walk of life to overcome the problems and reach a level of peace and satisfaction.
Hatha Yoga is one of the first types of Yoga with which people have become acquainted world over. Most of the physical formats of Yoga as are popular today are all types of Hatha Yoga. The word ‘hatha’ consists of two seed words – ‘ha’ (sun) means ‘prana’ or energy flowing within the body and ‘tha’ (moon) means the mind or mental energy. Hatha means to bring balance in the energies of the sun and moon, or unify the vital energy of the body with the mental energy.
Education is not just the
amassing of information and its purpose is not mere career hunting. It is a
means of developing a fully integrated personality and enabling one to grow
effectively into the likeness of the ideal that one has set before oneself.
Student life is precious period of inner culture, a period concerned with the
very important task of laying the foundation of one’s character and
personality. Upon this alone depends the making of one’s life.
Thoughts come from the minute we wake up until the minute we fall asleep, and even after that they are in our dreams. We undeniably need voluntary thinking, but how to silence involuntary thoughts – thoughts that brings down efficiency, is the cause of stress, anxiety and depression!
Yoga provides fulfillment, removes illusions, death and birth, unhealthy condition of body and provides happiness; bringing high spirit, keen intellect and perfection in the practitioner. This path to excellence is illuminated in Yoga Philosophy based on ‘The Yogasutra of Patanjali’.
There is an invariable connection
between the mind and breathing. Every state of mind is reflected by a
corresponding change in the breathing pattern. Researches have shown when mind
is disturbed, breath also gets disturbed. This imbalance in breathing disturbs
the physiological functions and overtime become pathological. Disease such as
asthma, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, hyperacidity etc is
the results of such imbalances. Such diseases further disturb the mind and so
the breath in turn; and the feedbacks continue aggravating the disease status.
This vicious cycle can be cut by either pharmacological interventions or simple
Gaining mastery over the mind is Yoga and Yoga postures are the tools for gaining that mastery. The term Asana is derived from Sanskrit root ‘aas’ means ‘to sit’ or ‘asi’ means ‘to be’. Asana is a posture held stable with comfort. In practical terms stability here signifies immobilization of the body and comfort denotes a harmonious peaceful and serene mental state. Thus contrary to the common motion asana is not only a practice involving the human body but also the human mind. Continue reading “Power in Yoga Asana”→