WHAT IS YOGA?WHY YOGA?
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Health is wealth. Health is indeed a covetable possession. Good health is a valuable asset to one and all. It can be achieved by the regular practice of Yoga Asanas.The practice of Asanas controls the emotions, produces mental peace, distributes Prana evenly throughout the body and different systems, helps in maintaining healthy functioning of theinternal organs, gives internal massage to the various abdominal organs. Physical exercises draw the Prana (energy) out but the Asanas send the Prana in. The practice of Asanas cures many diseases. These are the chief advantages in the Yogic system of exercises which no other systems have.Practise a few Asanas daily at least for a period of fifteen minutes. You will possess wonderful health. Be regular in your practice. Practise Bhujang, Salabh, Dhanur, Sarvang, Hala and Paschimottasan Asanas. Bhujang, Salabh and Dhanur will remove constipation and muscular pain of the back. Sirsh, Sarvang and Hala will help you in maintaining Brahmacharya, rendering the spine elastic and curing all diseases. Paschimottasan will reduce fat in the belly and help digestion. Relax all muscles in Savasana in the end.Asanas should be done on empty stomach in the morning or at least three hours after food.Morning time is best for doing Asanas. Be moderate in your diet.Start with minimum time for each Asana and then gradually increase the period. Answer the calls of nature before you start the practice. Boys and girls over ten years of age as well as women can practise Asanas.Asanas make you strong and healthy and eradicate many diseases.Bhastrika Pranayama develops lungs, destroys the germs of tuberculosis, augments lung-power and lung-capacity. Constipation is removed by the practice of Bhujanga, Salabha and Dhanur Asanas.Dhanurasana is a combination of Bhujanga and Salabha Asanas.Eating in moderation, plain living and high thinking help the Yogic student in attaining his goal quickly.Fasting eliminates poison, purifies the system and invigorates the cells.Garbhasana augments the digestive power, increases the appetite and removes many intestinal diseases.Halasana makes the spine very supple and elastic.Indriyas should be controlled by the practice of Pratyahara.Japa of ‘Om’ or ‘Hari Om’ should go hand in hand with Asanas and Pranayamas.Kumbhaka helps to attain longevity and awakens the Kundalini.Lolasana strengthens the muscles of the arms and forearms.Mind can be controlled by Vairagya, Abhyasa, Satsanga Vichara, eradication of Vasanas,destruction of egoism, Pranayama, meditation, and cultivation of virtues, such as mercy,complacency, self-denial, Santi and Santosha.Nadi Suddhi can be obtained by the practice of Pranayama.Oordhva Padmasana checks wet-dreams and transmutes the sexual energy into Ojas.Paschimottanasana removes fat, increases the gastric fire and eradicates diseases of the stomach.Quetta earthquake is nothing when compared to the agitation caused in the mind by theturbulent senses.Regularity in the practice of Asana and Pranayama is indispensably requisite for quick and solid progress.Sirshasana is the king of all Asanas. It transmutes seminal energy into Ojas, develops memory and intellectual capacity, and removes a host of ailments.Trataka helps concentration of the mind and removes diseases of the eyes.Uddiyana Bandha imparts beautiful health, strength, vigour and vitality and removes the disorders of the alimentary system.Vajrasana removes drowsiness, strengthens the spine, helps digestion and is very useful for meditation.Winter is the best time for rigorous practice of Yoga.Xerostomia (abnormal dryness of the mouth) can be removed by the practice of Sitali and Sitkari Pranayamas.Yoga Mudra removes the disorders of the abdomen and awakens Kundalini.Zerosis is the disease of the eye owing to the deficiency of Vitamin ‘A’. This is removed by the practice of mild Trataka and Sirshasana.Amongst the various poses prescribed for meditation, Padmasana is unique and foremost. It holds a very conspicuous place in the Yoga practices because great Rishis like Sandilya, Gheranda and several others have spoken of it in glowing terms. It is called Padmasana because of its full pose lending one the appearance of a full-blown lotus.
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