YOGA AS A LIFESTYLE

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Yogacharya Swami Yoga Subodh   

(Dr. Subodh Simkhada)                                      

Email: dr_subodh3@yahoo.com

 

“Om Sahanavavatu, Sahanou Bhunaktu, Saha Viryam Karavavahai, Tejasvina vadhistamastu Ma Vidvisavahai”                                                                                                 Om Shantih! Shantih!! Shantih!!!                                                                                      Meaning:  May he protect us both Master and Disciple! May he nourish us both!May we both work together with the great energy! May our study be enlightening and fruitful! May we not hate each other!   Om Peace! Peace!! Peace!!!

Introduction:

Life is very complex with various complexities, problems and stresses. We have come into 21st century and have been using the modern science and technology in every walk of life. We always think ourselves how to be healthy and happy on the way of the luxurious and sophisticated life. We have been working hard and also being so much busy in order to have better and success life. But in return we are getting frustration, sadness, unsuccessful and lots of illness in daily life. Although one hand we are getting more and more health services and facilities, but other hand our health and life is becoming more critical and aimless. The slogan “Health for All” is incomplete here in our contest.

Yoga is science of human consciousness and an ancient science with integrated systems which can open our hidden potentials. Our qualities of love, joy, security, confidence, discrimination, intelligence and intuition, higher abilities and awareness expand as we practice yoga.

However we have other aspects of yoga practice are the therapeutic aspects for the management of various ailments. Due to different social and cultural wrong practices, unnatural lifestyles, optimum of modern uses, that causes the physical and mental illness. Yogic pattern can increases the physiological changes, mental power and healing power in overall. Now yoga is becoming popular worldwide for to its curative aspect, although yoga never meant as the therapy, is very useful and rational effects to maintain good health, to remain healthy, energetic, tranquil, balanced and happy.

Why Yoga?

Yoga has proved effective in a variety of disorders and is being used today not only by yoga practitioner but by wider circles of medical and paramedical practitioners. Yoga offers a significant variety of proven health benefits. Yoga therapy is important for maintaining our all aspects of health and diseases like physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual and ecological aspects: Hence yoga science is used for the following reasons.

  1. Therapeutic and physiological changes such as:

– bringing the purity in the body.

– increasing the efficiency of heart and slows the respiratory rate.

– Lowering the blood pressure, stress and anxiety

– improving good digestion and good sleep

– increasing the immunity power.

– working out as supplementary therapy for cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, migraine, AIDS, etc.

– regulating hormonal secretions in the body.

– developing the faith, belief and positivity which are permanently essential for management of diseases

– relaxing the mind and keeping peace and calm

  1. Cheaper and comfortable means.
  2. No equipment are  needed.
  3. It can be practiced at home.
  4. It covers preventive, curative, promotion, rehabilitative and rejuvenative aspects in life.
  5. It explores the spiritual awareness.

Basic principles of Yoga Therapy:

  1. Application of yama-niyama on psychological development;
  2. Proper use of shatakarma for elimination of toxnis of gross body.
  3. Provision of well efficiency and activity of nervous, Skelo-muscular and Endocrine system by Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and meditation.
  4. Application Dietetics rules and Food Behaviour Change;

Some Yogic Models  As Yogic Lifestyle  

First Model (Behaviour Base): 

To get natural immunity or life force energy for better  health and for curing various diseases; the following ideal rules should be applied that will deal  initially better health and  then super consciousness and super happiness.

  1. Samyak Aahara (Positive Food):  “Anna Brahma” means food is divine, so we should pray food. It is said that “We are what we eat.” Our body is composed and developed by food. First covering sheath is Annamaya Kosa. So, we should maintain good food discipline as Aahara Yoga.                                                                                                                                           * Organic product

* Way of preparing and cooking

* Right amount of food

* Right quality of food

* Right time of eating

* Right way of eating

* Natural tastes and colors

* Acid-Basic ratio

* Positive sense while eating

  1. Samyak Vihara (Positive Karmas):  “Activity + Creativity = Wholesome Personality” that is life and itself is Yoga. There is no action, no life. Our body is like living machine, so we need to have positive and regular activities as biological cycle for maintaining our life existence in better way.   * Active Life with good karmas  * Moderate & Scientific Exercises    * Warm up Kriyas   * Yogasana practice   * Spiritual Tour and Travel * Jogging/ Morning walk /Nature visit  * Walking 4 to 6 KM per Day for our Heart and Lungs
  2. Samyak Vishram (Rest and Relaxation):  Proper rest and relaxation alleviate the pain & pressure, tiredness & fatigue. It re-energizes the body and refreshes the body. It keeps our life calm, peace and harmony.                                                                         * Resting postures

* Relaxation activities

* Recreational Activities

* Hobbies

* Fun and Entertainment

* Peace and Love

  1. Samyak Vichara (Positive Thinking) with the application of Yama-niyama: What we think, same thing happens in life. So we should have positive thinking to drive our life in better way and resolve (Sankalpa) with strong commitment.           *Apply rules of Yama

* Apply rules of Niyama

* Be optimist

* Positive speech

* Positive listening

* Think positive

* Mouna Practice

* Do meditation

  1. Samyak Shuddi (Absolute Purity):  Purity is our intrinsic quality but our body and mind is being toxified day to day. So we should apply different techniques and measures to purify the body                                                                                                                            * do ushapana

* intake of enough water

* drink herbal tea

* intake of laxative food

* do shatakarmas

* sankhaprakshalana kriya

* do vatasara kriyas

* do panchakarma

  1. Samyak Jeevan (Positive Life: The balance and positive life activities build up better life through different dimensions.             * Better life management

* Biological clockwise life

* Natural life cycle

* Stress management

* Save the nature

* Keep the sense of humours

 Second Model- Lifestyle Model:                                              

“yogakarmasukousalamthat means we should perform any action on artful, skilful, truthful base. Do well while doing, eating, drinking, cooking, speaking, playing, walking, driving, writing, reading, thinking, working whatever you do daily and also helpful to manage treat any types of problems as well.

*Start your day with Sankalpa / Resolve- Example: Just for today I will do my work honestly -3 times.      *Ushapana–   drinking water 200 ml to 1000 ml early in the morning just after wake up.                                                                                                                          *Then 2 minutes walking with breathing in open space wherever possible.                                                                                                          *Do very simple/light exercises-  * Stretch up the body 3 times with breathing like Tadasana.  * Bend the body side left-3 and right-3 times like Triek Tadasana.  * Twist the body left-3 and right -3 times like simple katichakrasana.   *Then keep empty your bowel and bladder. *Do Jala neti (Nasal cleansing) every day or alternately or as need.  *Morning walk 4 to 6 km for total Health OR Half an hour aerobics exercise * Do 20 to 40 minutes Yogasana and maintain Vajrasana and Savasana time to time.                          *15-30 minutes Pranayama and 15-60 minutes Meditation daily.  *Drink 3 to 5 litres water and eat satwik food daily.                              *Live in present by performing each and every action consciously. *End your day by remembering full day’s activities and encourage yourself with sankalpa. *Self-study of Vedas, spiritual science, yoga science, nature science, human science and about you yourself at least 15 minutes to m   *Self realization and recognition of you yourself. *Keep your lumbar, back, cervical, head in a straight line.            *Take a slow, long & deep breath or Full Breathing up to Navel.  *Keep your mind free from all negativeness and toxicities.                       *Live in Nature with full of relaxation and joy. *Do Kumbhakas and Mudras.                                                             

Conclusion:  Yoga is such a science which works perfectly in all aspects of health and life by preventing, curing, promoting, rehabilitating and rejuvenating the life. Then we can say that this is the integrated Practice of health and life physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, intellectually, spiritually and ecologically as complete solution in human life. Actually Yoga is practiced by healthy persons and also by all ages and all classes but not considered as the practice of ill persons. These days yoga is becoming the holistic healing science for all and also becoming a subject of worldwide interest. That is positive point.

Peace Mantra (Shanti Patha)

 “Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina, Sarve Santu Niramaya! Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu Ma Kaschida, Dukha Bhaga Bhaveta!!”

OM SHANTIH! SHANTIH!! SHANTIH!!!                  

 

REFERENCES:

1) Swami Vigyananda Saraswati, Science of Yoga, Yoganiketan Trust Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh

2) YOGA MESSAGE; Indian Ambassy, Kathmandu, Nepal.

3) Swami Yatiswarananda; Meditation and Spiritual Life-Advaita Ashrama, Dehi, Kolkata, India

4)  Dr. S.S Srikanta and Dr. R Nagendra; Yoga for Diabetes- Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore,

India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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