Joined: 17 Jul 2006
|Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:08 am Post subject: Yoga for Better Health
|* **True Yoga for Enlightenment and better health *
“India a land of yogis and mystics” is a quote familiar with the
press. Known for its magical feats and the famous rope trick, India is
land that has always exuded charm. Yoga is a tradition in India and is
seen as a means to enlightenment. Yoga is of four basic types, /Karma,
Bhakti, Jnana/ and /Raja/ Yoga. /Karma /deals with action in the world,
/Jnana /deals with knowledge and intellectual endeavor, /Bhakti /deals
with devotion to a deity and /Raja /yoga deals with meditation. Modern
Yoga has taken on a new connotation devoid of any spiritualist with the
/asanas /or postures of /hatha /yoga included in fitness regimen. This
has essentially led to many self designed types of yoga and is a
lucrative business. Yoga essentially means enlightenment and is central
to Hinduism and offshoots of Hinduism. Modern Yoga practice has
inherited a few elements from this ancient tradition. Breathing
(/pranayama/) and meditation is the most popular of these. Yoga has a
unique ability to relax a person and this is adopted by persons who do
not look for enlightenment but for its utility to health of mind and
The goals of Yoga are expressed differently by different traditions.
goals of modernism are relaxation and distressing of a person. With
in mind we have a number of tailored programs Yoga for beginners, <a
for Women </a>, Yoga for Children, Yoga for heart, etc. are the
advertisements you would see to entice people to join a yoga fitness
center. The common form of Yoga is the practice of concentration. The
focus of meditation is different from school to school. Heart
(/anahata/), or third eye (/aina/) are major points of focus,
on peace or Deities is another form. Hatha yoga was invented as
purification so that meditation can be done with ease.
Physical purification, Moral Discipline, and meditation are the basics
of yoga. There is a far wider reality which often gets forgotten in
modern fitness practices. It is sorry to see that instead of holism
practiced another view of yoga is propagated. Blinding the horse to see
only in one direction is what the market forces have done to Yoga.
Enlightenment is left far behind in our globalization and
commercialization. Hatha yoga is only viewed for its health benefits
not for its enlightenment.
* It is believed to calm the nervous system.
* It helps to balance the body, mind, and spirit
* It follows the same principles as life energy and helps prevents
* It is used to reduce blood pressure and stress
* It improves sleep, coordination, flexibility, concentration and
* Alternative remedies suggest it as a therapy for cancer,
cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, asthma and Irritable Bowel
* It is helps in treatment of spinal problems and chronic back
Yoga as a healing alternative is now the most popular form and very few
look towards yoga as a means toward enlightenment.