" Ancient Science For
The modern World... "
Yoga is fast becoming popular all over the world. For the sick people especially who are suffering from stress related diseases it is a blessing. For those who are restless and worried yoga gives relief. For the common man it has become a fashion and keeps him fit, slim and handsome. Especially ladies in many countries including India have started practicing Yoga to keep them fit, slim and beautiful. For students Yoga develops memory, Intelligence and creativity. For the specialist Yoga helps to unfold the deeper layers in the move towards perfection. Many who do not want to be the victims of the stress related modern ailments have started giving importance to "POSITIVE HEALTH" by practicing Yoga. It gives physiological, psychological and therapeutic benefits. With its multifold advantages Yoga is becoming a part of education
Definition of Yoga
Great Rishis and Sages have given various definitions for Yoga. Given below some of the definitions-
Pathanjali-Great Rishi- "Yoga is a conscious systematic process of mastering the mind".
(ie) By gaining control over our mind we become the master of our mind and not a slave to the mind
Vasistha-Great Sage-"Yoga is a skillfull technique to calm down your mind"
Swami Vivekananda- "Yoga is a systematic process of compressing ones evolution/growth from normal man to a perfect man during one's life period- within few years or even within few months. (ie) by practicing Yoga a person can grow to become a perfect man during his life time in a few years or even within a few months"
Sri Aurobindo- a great sage - "Yoga is a systematic process in which all round personality development takes place at Physical, Mental, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual Levels"
In Gita Krishna said- "Yoga is Dexterity in action"
(ie) Krishna said not only while praying or meditating but even while doing any work/action one must maintain the relaxation and awareness. Relaxed action with awareness will increase the efficiency of the work.
Integrated approach of Yoga
According to the Yogic science Human body has 5 layers(5 Aspects of the body) as given below-
- Annamaya Kosa - The solid physical body.
- Pranamaya Kosa - Vital energy body.
- Manomaya Kosa- Mind body - The mind which carries on the functions of perception,memory,and emotions.
- Vignanamaya Kosa- Knowledge body - The inner mind that controls and guides the Manomaya kosa.
- Anandamaya Kosa - This is the Bliss body, the subtlest body.
If you want to be in perfect health all 5 layers mentioned above should be taken care.In the modern medicine, only the Physical body is given importance whereas in Yoga all 5 layers are given equal importance. All 5 layers have intimate connection.Even if one layer of our body is neglected it will affect and cause imbalance in other layers including physical body.As a result you will end up with some disease.For example wrong breathing habits will affect Pranamaya kosa and Pranic distribution and thereby affects various functions in the Physical body.Imbalances in breathing affects pranic distribution and as a result disturb the Physiological functions and become Pathological. Modern diseases such as Asthma,Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS), Migraine,Hyperacidity etc etc.. are the results of such imbalances.
Total involvement of all 5 layers
When practicing Yoga one has to involve all 5 layers of the body. Total involvement is a must to get the maximum benefits from Yoga. When practicing normal physical exercises only the Annamaya Kosa(physical body) is involved. For example while doing physical exercises if the mind is worried the stress will get accumulated in Manomaya Kosa and as a result it will affect the physical body too.
We at Yogaway train our students to involve all 5 layers of the body and get maximum benefits.