people have all different ideas of what Yoga is, and many
of these are far from what it really is... Some believe
its a sort of a religion, others think its a very dangerous
fitness method, they believe that one is made to knot the
body into all sorts of different weird postures....And
automatically the mind says "I cant do that... I'm not all
I'm going to have an injury and harm myself..." I was also
one of these people who heard a lot of weird stories about
what Yoga is, and that fear stopped me for many years to
experience it, mainly out of fear of an injury.
On the one hand I missed a lot , and on the other I was
very careful not to go and do Yoga with just anyone who
to teach me yoga. I was lucky to start with a qualified
Yoga Teacher and then I was lucky to meet very important
teachers, very well known who have helped me with my studies
on this subject and taught me a lot.
Yoga means Unity. The unity, of body, mind and spirit.
Yoga unites and aligns all our bodies, the physical, the
and the mental. In order to be able to have better health,
peace and ranquillity, positive thinking and a steady
mind. It gives as a lot of energy, inner strength and more
Through Yoga we learn to come into contact with our real
selves, by introspection and turning inwards. We realise
how much we have taken ourselves for granted and how desperately
the body is trying to tell us many things about its condition
and needs, but we do not listen, we are not in a position
to listen. Nobody has taught us the way to listen...
We have so far taken our physical bodies
for granted. We did not think too much about its needs and
We only dumped all sorts of junk as food, drink, smoking
etc, and have exhausted it with endless work, poor sleeping
habits, and exposure in polluted and foul atmosphere.
We never considered how tired the body was, or how weak
felt, we were more interested in fulfilling our obligations,
desires, busy holding fast to the image we created and
we need so much to maintain.
And one day the body develops an illness and we ask ourselves,
"Why me? What did I do wrong?" "I was a good person ,
I loved people I helped others etc.
etc" Yes, I agree, BUT you did not love yourself enough , your own physical
body enough. Now if it is ill, and unable to fulfil your desires and needs
you will turn around and REALIZE it exists.
And for the Natural Health methods,
when there is pain its a good sign, It means that the body
is fighting. And from then on we start to step in. [Of
it would be better if we stepped in long before, as a preventative procedure,
but its better late than never.]
Yoga works in a holistic way, it deals with physical exercises,
relaxation, breathing techniques, meditation , proper diet,
and cleansing detoxification
Exercises: are slow, gentle ,simple postures mainly, tailored
out to fit the specific needs of the individual,
in the case especially of Yoga therapy, And one is encouraged
to respect his/her limits, without trying to exert oneself,
also not to try to execute the Asanas perfectly from the
beginning .On the contrary , instead of trying he is encouraged
to give up trying to relax and let go. And with wareness
of body and awareness of breath the asana become perfect
at some time.
With the Yoga asanas, we remove energy blockages, physical,
mental, and emotional, we boost the immune system, the endocrine,
the nervous, the circulatory system, the sympathetic and
parasympathetic systems, as well as lubricating all the joints,
and regenerating all the organs and glands.
techniques are our key to emotional balance, and positive
thinking. They help balance the energies which
circulate inside the physical body, and calm the mind. Breathing
is a valuable tool towards better health, vitality, positive
thinking and a peaceful emotional state.
Most of us breathe incorrectly, using only a small part of
our lung capacity . Our breathing is shallow and the result
is that our body and brain are starved, which is completely
unnecessary considering the plentiful supply of oxygen in
the air all about us.
The brain has ten compartments, but in our present stage
of evolution we are only able to utilise only one of these.
At the base of the brain is the structure
called the reticular activating system[RAS] . It is from
the RAS that energy
rises upwards and awakens functions in other
parts of the brain. Above this is the medulla which contains the respiratory
centres and the limbic systems and the hypothalamus gland, which control
fear, rage, blood pressure, hunger, satiety, weight control,
pleasure , sexuality
and other functions, including the pituitary gland and the autonomic nervous
It is in the base of the brain that the structure which control respiration
exist and it is this part of the brain that we are able to influence by working
with these techniques. Of all the unconscious automatic and autonomic nervous
system processes in the body, the only one that can be consciously controlled
is breathing.So breath is said to be a doorway to controlling all the
other internal processes of the body, such as heart,
digestion, blood pressure, excretion and absorption.
There are four stages in breathing, breathing in, and breathing out which
brings balance , holding the breath inside , which gives us more energy,
heat, and the pause, which silences the mind.
Normal breath = br. In + br.out.
Triangular breath = br. In+hold+br.Out
Square breathing = br. In+hold+br.out+pause
allows a total and deeper state of energy circulation. The body being in
the alpha state, balances
the whole system and regenerates both body
and mind. It has a valuable effect on our breathing and thus develops situations
such as the above, because the breathing becomes calmer, deeper, more relaxed
and is able to affect the whole system in a beneficial way. There are different
methods of relaxation , starting from very simple ones to visualisations,
healing relaxations, positive thought projections, for
of fears, changing the experience... etc.
d. Meditation, is the focusing
on a specific point of concentration, and this is a very powerful tool to
release the different layers of the mind
fear, and negative thoughts. It uses all the above benefits, as the body
relaxes completely in this state, the breath stabilises and becomes deeper
relaxed, and is also a very powerful tool to reduce high blood pressure,
and very beneficial for heart problems.
e. Diet Yoga also means healthy
diet. Although it is not a compulsory issue when one takes up Yoga exercises,
if one continues for a while the body by
itself will refuse to eat food that is not in harmony with the system, one
will be in a position to understand the signs of disgust that the physical
body will be transmitting.
We are mainly interested in eating fresh live vegetables and fruit, grains,
and Detoxifying techniques start from simple ones like an enema, or a cleansing
of the nostrils, mouth,
and throat, simple stomach washes, and the whole system cleansing
technique called Shankaprakshalan, which cleanses the whole
digestive system, from the mouth to the anus. Detoxifying
and relieving the system from too much toxicity either from
wrong eating habits, or from medicine , or from toxins in
Every one benefits from such a cleansing procedure as the whole system is renewed
and full of energy after each cleansing session.