Sri AarogyamWe at Sri Aarogyam believe that Yoga is the only way to Peace and Happiness.Introduction Enjoying this gift of life through love, vitality, joy and peace instead of fear, stress, resentment and sadness is only possible when the mind, body and spirit of an individual are in equilibrium. In this modern era of stress, strain and faulty life style, the common man is suffering from various psychosomatic disorders leading to chronic, incurable, allergic and metabolic diseases. In most of these diseases, the modern medicine is unable to render long term remedies. The prolonged medication further results in various side effects causing harm to vital organs and systems. Yoga plays a major role in holistic health in all aspects viz, preventive, promotive, and curative. It is cost effective easier, simpler, and safer practice, more suitable to men and women from all walks of life. These practices bring down the very incidence of sickness and also reduce the cost of medication. Thus yoga has a significant role in health scenario as individuals resistance power, immunity is enhanced leading to sound life and longevity.YogaYoga means Union. It is the merging of the individual with the universal. It is the oneness ofall Consciousness. Yoga is a path that assists people in knowing in their being thisuniversal Truth.Yoga and yoga postures provide simple and practical solutions to all your daily problems.Physically, the yoga postures improve the flexibility of the muscles and the joints. They alsomassage the organs, thus improving their functionality. Yoga heals various chronic illnessesin a natural and simple way and also improves the body’s immunity in an extremely subtleand effortless manner, yoga and yoga postures make you more contented and happy.Overall the body feels healthier and more energetic. It is less prone to diseases and effectsof day-to-day stress.The concepts and practices of Yoga originated in India about several thousand years ago.Its founders were great Saints and Sages. The great Yogis presented rational interpretationof their experiences of Yoga and brought about a practical and scientifically sound methodwithin every ones reach. Yoga today, is no longer restricted to hermits, saints, and sages; ithas entered into our everyday lives and has aroused a worldwide awakening andacceptance in the last few decades. The science of Yoga and its techniques have now beenreoriented to suit modern sociological needs and lifestyles. Experts of various branches ofmedicine including modern medical sciences are realizing the role of these techniques inthe prevention and mitigation of diseases and promotion of health.Yoga is one of the six systems of Vedic philosophy. Maharishi Patanjali, rightly called “The
Father of Yoga” compiled and refined various aspects of Yoga systematically in his “YogaSutras” (aphorisms). He advocated the eight folds path of Yoga, popularly known as“Ashtanga Yoga” for all-round development of human beings.They are:- Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.These components advocate certain restraints and observances, physical discipline, breathregulations, restraining the sense organs, contemplation, meditation and samadhi. Thesesteps are believed to have a potential for improvement of physical health by enhancingcirculation of oxygenated blood in the body, retraining the sense organs thereby inducingtranquility and serenity of mind. The practice of Yoga prevents psychosomatic disordersand improves an individuals resistance and ability to endure stressful situations.Definition of YogaYoga is a discipline to improve or develop ones inherent power in a balanced manner. Itoffers the means to attain complete self-realization. The literal meaning of the Sanskritword Yoga is Yoke. Yoga can therefore be defined as a means of uniting the individualspirit with the universal spirit of God. According to Maharishi Patanjali, Yoga is thesuppression of modifications of the mind.Pranayama is an aspect of Yoga that deals with breathing. It is the breathing process or thecontrol of the motion of inhalation, exhalation and the retention of vital energy. Properbreathing is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control Prana or thevital life energy.AsanasYoga Asanas or postures are body positions, typically associated with the practice of Yoga.They are intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioners well-being, improvethe bodys flexibility and vitality.BandhasBandha is a Sanskrit word related to our English words "band","bind", "bond" and "bound."They are particular actions involving pressure or strain on the muscles. Each bandha is alock, meaning a closing off of part of the interior body. These locks are used in variouspranayama and asana practices to tone, cleanse and energize the interior body and organs.MudrasMudra is the science of hand and finger postures. It can help to cure bodily ailments in awonderful manner. It affects the bodys energetic sysytem and the flow of prana (lifeenergy) within it. It actually helps in balancing the five elements ( panch-tattvas ) in thehuman system to their optimal levels.
Salient Features of YogaYoga is universal in character for practice and application irrespective of culture,nationality, race, caste, creed, sex, age and physical condition. Neither by reading the textsnor by wearing the garb of an ascetic, one can become an accomplished Yogi. Withoutpractice, no one can experience the utility of Yogic techniques nor can realize of its inherentpotential. Only regular practice (sadhana) creates a pattern in body and mind to upliftthem. It requires keen desire on the part of the practitioner to experience the higher statesof consciousness through training the mind and refining the gross consciousness.2. Yoga as evolutionary processYoga is an evolutionary process in the development of human consciousness. Evolution oftotal consciousness does not necessarily begin in any particular man rather it begins only ifone chooses it to begin. The vices like use of alcohol and drugs, working exhaustively,indulging too much in sex and other stimulation is to seek oblivion, a return tounconsciousness. Indian yogis begin from the point where western psychology end. IfFrauds psychology is the psychology of disease and Maslows psychology is the psychologyof the healthy man then Indian psychology is the psychology of enlightenment. In Yoga, it isnot a question of psychology of man rather it is a question of higher consciousness. It is notalso the question of mental health, rather, it is question of spiritual growth.3. Yoga as Soul TherapyAll paths of Yoga (Japa, Karma, Bhakti etc.) have healing potential to shelter out the effectsof pains. However, one especially needs proper guidance from an accomplished exponent,who has already treaded the same track to reach the ultimate goal. The particular path is tobe chosen very cautiously in view of his aptitude either with the help of a competentcounselor or consulting an accomplished Yogi.Types of YogaJapa YogaTo concentrate ones mind on divine name or holy syllable, mantra etc. like OM, ‘Rama,Allah, God, Vahe Guru etc. through repeated recitation or remembrance.Karma YogaIt teaches us to perform all actions without having any desire for their fruit. In this sadhana,a Yogi considers his duty as divine action, perform it with whole-hearted dedication butshuns away all desires.
Gyana YogaIt teaches us to discriminate between self and non-self and to acquire the knowledge ofones spiritual entity through the study of scriptures, company of Saints and practices ofmeditation.Bhakti YogaBhakti Yoga, a system of intense devotion with emphasis on complete surrender to divinewill. The true follower of Bhakti Yoga is free from egoism remains humble and unaffectedby the dualities of the world.Raja YogaRaja Yoga popularly known as “Ashtanga Yoga” is for all-round development of humanbeings. These are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana andSamadhi.General Characteristics of YogaThe Yogic system of health involves the exercise of skeletal as well as the deep-seatedsmooth muscles of the body.The intra-thoracic and intra-abdominal pressure may be mentioned as specialcharacteristics of the Yoga system of health.Little expenditure of energy and money is involved in the hatha yoga practices. The rich aswell as poor, and men and women of all ages can practice Yogic practices. Every school ofYoga emphasized specific practices, but their aim always remained the same; the highestlevel of integration through the control of the modification of mind.The nature of Yogic practices is psycho-neurophysical.General Classification of YogaPeople generally ignore Yamas and Niyamas in practice considering them to be part ofconduct but they should also be practiced.Taking into account Ashtanga Yoga, the Yogic practices may be classified as(i) Yamas (ii) Niyamas (iii) Asanas (iv) Pranayamas (v) Bandhas and Mudras (vi) Kriyas(vii) Meditation and (viii) Attitude training practices.Each one of these classification consists of a group of several practices. These practices arebriefly discussed as below:-YamaThe practice of Yama paves way to increase the power of concentration, mental purity andsteadiness. The following are the Yamas:
Ahimsa - not to harm othersSatya - to be truthfulAsteya - not to stealBrahmacharya - celibacyAparigraha - not to possess beyond actual needsNiyamaThere are five Niyamas:Souch - external and internal purificationSantosh - contentmentTapa - to make right efforts to achieve goalsSwadhyaya - to study authentic texts and religious scriptures to acquire correctknowledge of self and the supreme divinityIshwar Pranidhan - complete surrender to the divine willSriaarogyam@gmail.com+91 – 9461309316http://sriaarogyam.wordpress.com