one ruminates over the word ‘Yoga’ one can definitely create a feeling that
Yoga is a helpful element. One can derive this understanding from the following:
Yoga strengthens voluntary and centrally motored muscles, the working
capacity increases. Muscles become more efficient and get more endurance power.
2. Along with better working capacity of the body, one has
less tension and the capacity to bear high tension increases.
Fattiness gets controlled.
Heart gets massage.
and mind remain fresh and healthy
Respiratory system gets strengthened and sensory nerves get balanced.
Capacity of the heart to work increases; circulation process of blood
gets controlled and heart becomes more alert in performance of its duties.
Because of the effect of Asanas and Pranayama, the head as well as the
glands giving internal secretion get regular blood supply. This results in
better sensitivity between nervous system, muscles, and veins. This results in
very good capacity to work as well as dexterity in working of a man who
practises Asana, Pranayama and meditation.
9. In the event of bursting of an artery blood-flow gets
immediately stopped, capacity of effectiveness of glucose enhances. Body loses
fat, cholesterol decreases. One gets the present of a long life and good health
without much effort. When you are going to get all these advantages it is very much essential
to exercise proper care in observing following points. Yoga-abhyas will result
in sufficient amount and proper quantum of gain.
ATTEND TO THESE ITEMS:
Yoga-abhyas should not be carried out haphazardly like an indisciplined
man. Do not imitate like monkeys.
Breathing should, throughout Yoga-abhyas, be attentively carried out
normally through nostrils.
At the end of a set of different Asanas, perform Shavasana or Makarasana
which gives relaxation.
One should not perform Asana in such a haste that he gets tired. Do not
perform Asana if it results in stress and strain.
Be a constant observer of the breathing process.
Asana should be performed peacefully with ease and without the least
tendency of competition of haste.
Asana should be performed only when mind is quiet, peaceful, happy and
Put on clean, light and loose clothes for the practice of Yogasanas.
Practise Yogasana on light or empty stomach.
If one wants to exercise in the morning, a proper bath taken in the
beginning will give extra freshness and one will enjoy exercise.
Individual and social discipline means Yama. This includes non-injury,
truth, non-stealing, good thoughts, good behaviour and good dealings,
non-hoarding. Niyama means internal and external purity, satisfaction, Tapas,
self-analysis and surrender to God. This type of practice of Yamas and Niyamas
by an aspirant makes life clean and pure and will give him initiation in Yaugic
should consult a Yoga teacher having full medical knowledge as well as consult a
doctor before starting experimentation with Yoga science or healing of diseases.
is a big centre in northern India at Udhampur for training of officers of army
One of the senior army officer who works hours together on typing machine was
suffering from cervical spondylosis. One overwise man who considered himself
an expert, advised that Yoga-abhyas could help the typist officer. This much is
a fact, but further advice he gave was such which would have contrary effect.
Unfortunately he demonstrated exercises and said “Shirsasana and
Sarvangasana are the best among all the Asanas; for atleast 35 years, I
regularly practise these Asanas. Just look at how healthy I am !“ This was also a correct information but by
advising that army officer who was a patient of cervical spondylosis to practise
Sarvangasana and Shirsasana, was like advising to allow 4 cups of ice cream to a
highly diabetic. Ultimately what was not desired just happened. This personal
assistant of army officer suffered much. Thus, it is not proper to carry out
Yoga exercises in the manner recommended by quacks. Practise Yoga exercises
only under advice and guidance of one who has knowledge of Yoga and medical
essential aspect about Yoga treatment is medical aid, care in food habits and
Yoga exercises. If these three are simultaneously attended, then only, treatment
can be beneficial.
sick person is seriously ill, Yoga healing cannot be applied.
treatment helps in two stages:
illness is in the primary stage.
a sick person is recuperating, Yoga-abhyas results in astonishing help, when
carried out combined with patience and prayers.
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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