Relevance of yoga in health

Relevance of yoga in health

by Sanjay B

Yoga is the science of right living and as such is intended to be incoporated in daily life. It works on all aspects of the person; the physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychological and spritual.


Present day life is becoming more mechanical with stressful lifestyle, though there is improvement in the standard of living in social, economical and cultural aspects. As they are having great bearing in the causation of organic diseases in man, since the social aspects of life are essential for peace of mind and self-satisfaction is an accepted fact along with economical status resulting in literacy, good environment with hygiene, good shelter, which also improves the mental and physical health. With all these comforts the diseases are increasing in number, especially stress and strain are the today’s major problems.In this 21st century, the stress disorders or the psychosomatic diseases, such as hypertension, hyperacidity, heart diseases, diabetes etc, challenge the human existence. These diseases are main problems of the present era. Once the person is diseased he needs to be on lifelong medication, even with the medications he cannot lead a comfortable life.

So, yoga is the science of right living and as such, is intended to be incorporated in daily life. It works on all aspects of the person: the physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual.

RELEVANCE OF YOGA IN TODAY’S LIFE: With increasing struggle for existence the human life is affected by the impacts of stress and strain. Inspite of all scientific advancement we are becoming the victims of systemic diseases. These diseases make us depend on drugs as long as we live. But still the results are poor to meet the physical as well as spiritual health. To attain complete harmony, as we need an alternate means to combat the havocs played by anxiety.

We today have realized that the answer to these problems lies in Yoga.

– It improves Health
– Systems are regulated & constipation disappears.
– Relieves Stress.
– Makes self-confidence
– Increases concentration & memory.
– Gives inner peace and happiness.

Hence it is required for all to set a time to practice yoga to lead a healthy and peaceful life.

Speciality of Yoga :

By regular practice of yoga, one can be physically healthy, mentally peaceful, emotionally balanced & spiritually matured. One can be perfect in his :

  • Personal life
  • Family life
  • Professional life
  • And social life.
  • One can attain all corners of health which is told by WHO.

Health does not only mean to have a strong body & absence of diseases but includes balanced mind, controlled senses, intellect & integrated ego to have perfect evaluation of all important faculties of personality in to the state of self-realization.

A healthy man always concerned with “Sound Mind in Sound Body”. More than 90% of diseases are directly related to mind. We can attain harmonious development of our body, mind, intellect and soul, by the practice of yoga because it is an exact science where we can develop our will power and control over the mind. Dhyana the yogic technique which has recently become popular all over the world and meditation can be used for prevention of psychological and psychosomatic disorders like depression, anxiety, tensions and other many mental disorders etc.

Our happiness depends on our mind and it depends on our body. Without physical health we can’t be completely happy and without mental happiness, we can’t be completely healthy. Because a healthy mind always in a healthy body, its our prime duty to maintain the healthy state of mind and body. So yoga is the best technique to maintain the healthy mind in the healthy body.

APPLICATON OF YOGA: It is a best form of health insurance for all the age group ranging from 8 to 80 yrs.

Though yoga can be practiced in all age groups, some techniques are more suited and desirable for specific age groups.

It is desirable that older people should avoid asanas, which involve excessive stretching such as Halasana, Shirshasana, Dhanurasana etc.

Meditation & relaxation are necessary for all irrespective of age.

One should practice yoga according to need.


Yoga is a very effective in management of several stress related disorders & chronic ailments. It is also effective for all conditions, which are result of sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise. It is not necessary to stop medication when one is practicing yoga.

Following are the some effective yogic techniques, which should be practiced regularly for the management of common ailments. Backache :-

– Ardha Chakrasana (crossed triangle posture)
– Matsyasana (fish posture)
– Ustrasana (camel posture)
– Bhujangasana (cobra-posure)
– Dhanurasana (bow-posture) Asthma :-
– Suryanamaskar (Sun – Salutation)
– Vamana dhouti (induced vomiting)
Pranayama ex: Kapalbhati, Bhastrika
– Matsyasana (fish-posture)
– Supta-vajrasana (supine ankle posture)
– Bhujangasana (cobra posture) Diabetes :-
– Suryanamaskar (Sun – Salutation)
– Padahastasana (Forward bend posture)
– Nauli Kriya
– Matsyasana (fish-posture)
– Bhujangasana (cobra posture)
– Dhanurasana (bow-posture)
– Halasana (Plough posture)
– Sarvangasana (stand on shoulder posture)
– Bhramari pranayama
– Bhastrika pranayama Hypertension :-
– All Meditative postures
– Vajrasana (Ankle posture)
– Makarasana (crocodile posture)
– Shavasana (corpse posture)
– Nadi Shodhana
– Dhyana (Meditation) Anxiety :-
– Padmasana (Lotus posture)
– All Pranayama (Breathing techniques)
– Sarvangasana (stand on shoulder posture)
– Shavasana (Corpse Posture)
– Dhyana (Meditation) Constipation:-
– Nauli Proper
– Yoga Mudra
– Ardhamatsyendrasana
– Bhujangasana
– Dhanurasana
– Halasana Pavanamuktasana

Really yoga is needed for everyone but this benefit may not be possible if we do not practice the correct technique of yoga. Yoga includes a variety of techniques and we need to choose those that are useful to us.

For example: The need for specific techniques of yoga differ for a housewife, a child, a teacher, a student or a worker. This is because their way of lifestyle are quite different from each other. Because of the wide range of techniques in yoga, it can fulfill the needs in almost all people.

Basic fitness in daily life is a common need of everyone. Yoga can fulfill this need irrespective of the type of work you do. Yoga can help everyone to play his or her roles more efficiently and more comfortably.

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