Yoga & Pranayama

sun salutation surya namaskar Indian yoga ritual

 

Yoga therapy is now considered worldwide as one of the best means for self-improvement and attaining a balanced mind, body and spirit. In fact, the more advanced stages of yoga involve attaining sentience which will create a blissful feeling and deep peace on an individual. In some cases, it is said to develop a person’s psychic skills and sense of purpose. The methods, after all, aim to increase a person’s energy supply to keep the life forces in working condition. At the same time, yoga will teach you to remove any of the possible interference in the transfer of energy throughout the body.

History of yoga

The practice of yoga began 5,000 years ago. It is considered as one of the oldest forms of healing therapy. The techniques are developed over the centuries by yoga philosophers and mystics in india who spent most of their lives setting these methods to perfection. Everything started thousands of years ago when ancient yogis began turning their minds inwards in the hopes to discover the true nature of man.

Yoga was developed as a system of breathing exercises that helps rejuvenate the body. Ancient yogis see diseases as the result of insufficient or interfered life forces that are supposed to circulate throughout the body. Without these life forces on certain parts, the body’s susceptibility to disease will increase immensely.

The yoga philosophy

Yoga practitioners consider pathogens, whether viruses or bacteria, as integral parts of the earth’s force. They only cause trouble if the human body lacks adequate propensity to interact with them. To increase the body’s life force, and therefore, its immunity to diseases, good nutrition, meditation, positive mental attitude and yoga are of vital importance.

These spiritual notions are best illustrated in yoga asanas which involves correcting your posture and breathing exercises. Ancient yogis were aware of the significance of the spine in keeping the body immune to diseases. In fact, asanas is developed in order to increase this immunity by improving the body’s posture and flexibility.

Another distinguishable tenet of yoga therapy is the fact that the techniques are holistic in the sense that it encompasses mind, body, spirit and their interdependence with each other. In western medicine, psychology is a separate discipline from physiology. In fact, psychology is deemed under the realm of social science whereas physiology is considered as a natural science. There is no instance in modern medicine where the relationship of the mind and body are given emphasis. Yoga asanas and breathing exercises, for example, deal with the physical body but is proven to have therapeutic effects on the brain.

Yoga and the western culture

 Since the revival of new age and eastern philosophies in the western hemisphere, we began seeing more and more yoga classes being conducted in health and wellness centers in many parts of the united states. In fact, the medical community seems to have developed interest on yoga as an alternative therapy. Clinical studies are being conducted to prove the effectiveness of yoga as a preventive methodology or a therapeutic treatment for the mind and the body.

Breathing exercises and yoga asanas are now being recommended by many health and fitness institutions all across north america as proven means of relaxation. Health experts in india are also doing the same research on the effectiveness of yoga as cure to diseases such as diabetes, respiratory ailments, digestive problems and obesity. Part of their methodology is to record the medical history of patients treated in various yogic health centers in india and other parts of the world.