Yoga

In today’s complicated world, where the senses are under constant assault from all spheres of life, peace of mind has become a much-valued prerequisite. The ancient science of yoga helps maintain a healthy mind and body, and is at the forefront of disciplines that people the world over are turning to in order to become focussed individuals.



In today’s complicated world, where the senses are under constant assault from all spheres of life, peace of mind has become a much-valued prerequisite. The ancient science of yoga helps maintain a healthy mind and body, and is at the forefront of disciplines that people the world over are turning to in order to become focussed individuals.

Yoga traces its roots to the Sanskrit root yoj which means - to unite, yoke, join or harness, to prepare and to use and apply. A doyen in the field, B. K. lyengar explains it in very simple terms:

“The average man may find it difficult to grasp the intricacies of stilling the mind and merging the individual soul (jeevatma) with the universal soul (paramatma). He can understand what yoga is by exploring the body. Communion and a proper understanding exist between body and nerves, nerves and mind, mind and intellect, will and consciousness. When these vehicles of the jeevatma operate at the highest level, only pure awareness remains.”

Yoga is knowledge of the self. It encompasses knowledge related to the gross and subtle sheaths of the self that have to be purified and perfected by uninterrupted practice and devotion. Man is a product of intellect, emotions, action and determined will. While the seat of intellect is the head, the seat of emotions is the mind. The hand and feet are limbs for action. Yoga lays the foundation for purity in actions, emotions or intellect.

The simple truth is that the pursuit of Yoga results in direct benefits, even if the objective is not one of the spiritual gains. Today, the immense possibilities of Yoga as a physical and mental therapy have emerged at the forefront of a world rife with stress and tensions. Experts have pointed out that yoga balances the nervous and endocrinal systems, which is highly beneficial for all body organs. This is the reason that the discipline of Yoga has gained worldwide acceptance.

Yoga as preventive and curative therapy helps conditions ranging from diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems to digestive disorders, arthritis, fatigue and asthma. Regular practice increases one’s capacity to control temperature, heart beat and blood pressure.

It was about two and a half thousand years ago that Patanjali systematized the practice of yoga in his work, Yogasutras, consisting of 195 aphorisms that standardized the practice of yoga. Horever, the yoga system of Patanjali comprised one of the six ancient schools of philosophy of the time and derived a great deal from the influential, atheistic, philosophy of the Samkhya school of thought. Both Yoga and Samkhya influenced Lord Buddha in his early years.

Patanjali's Yoga is the classical Yoga - it was called the Raja Yoga (Royal Yoga) and connoted the state in which the individual masters the mind completely. Other forms of Yoga developed later giving primacy to one or several steps of Raja Yoga. Bhakti Yoga affirms love and devotion as the path to spiritual liberation. Karma Yoga as advocated in the Bhagvad Gita, advocates detached action as the supreme way, while Mantra Yoga refers to the repetition of mantras during various yoga meditation techniques.

This ritualistic chanting helps bind the mind to a single thought until it attains the state of samadhi. Tantra is another influential school of yoga, linked to the worship of Shiva and Shakti, the primordial female energy. It equates spiritual awakening with the rising of the kundalini or the life force in the body. One could describe it as the basis of evolution and development of personality.

Of the many forms of yoga that enable an individual to awaken the kundalini, Hath yoga is at the forefront today in yoga practice across the world. Dating back to the 12th century AD, Hath Yoga uses Asanas. Meditation, the purification practices of pranayama and mudras (a higher practice of hand gestures and physical movements that heighten concentration and create an energy flow) this combination brings the body, mind and senses under control and helps direct the life force upward through the chakras.

Hatha is a Sanskrit word. 'Ha' denotes the sun and 'tha' the moon, indicative of opposing energies - positive and negative, male and female, hot and cold - need to be finely balanced. Hatha Yoga is the mind to be unwavering in concentration for the ultimate realization of the self. In the contemporary world, its effectiveness in preventive and curative therapy has made it a very popular way of maintaining wellness in societies that are always on edge.





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