Yoga and its importance
The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning Union. It’s a combination of the physical self and various exercises for the mental peace of mind to stimulate the individual’s concentration. It improves health thereby attaining eternity. Yoga releases the toxins from the body and tries to be in full harmony with nature with the basic 3 aspects of the human elements: the mind, the mental and the spiritual.
Yoga is a form of attaining peace through various rigorous exercises practised in India from the ages as it is believed that Yoga clears a man from all illness. Yoga has done wonders to the people suffering from various diseases and had cured them completely from the time of Indus civilisation, when the treatment of allopathy was not heard of. Yoga integrates the exercises of aerobics, gymnastics and even combines the mental and physical through breathing, lungs exercise and inhaling of fresh air in to the system. Yoga has several forms of exercise namely the Yama, Niyama, Padmasana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. While pranayama controls the breathing process and maintains a balance of the body with nature Dhyana is pure meditation to keep the mind at peace.
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Yoga has been found to enhance the efficiency of the heart, curing the body from stress, strains, blood pressure, digestive problems, anaemia, and even cancer. The different forms of Yoga are the Hatha Yoga, the Asthana Yoga,the bikram Yoga. Several school also practice the Iyenger Yoga. A good many number of Yoga center has come up in South India, the paradise land of India to offer some of the best practices in Yogic form of cure. The best taken names are the Ayur Health Center Fort, Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Sivananada Yoga Vedanta Centre in Trivandrum; Kollam Yoga Kendra, Uilyakoil, Jawahar Balabhavan and Holistic Eastern Advance Research Temple (Heart) in Kollam
Meditation is believed to relieve the strains and the stress of the body. The whole process of Meditation intends to bring peace of mind to the individual giving him complete freedom from the undue tensions arising out due to the natural and physical conditions. It relives the soul and the body and tries to purify every system of the human organs and tries to empower the body with fresh and positive feelings within and out side . Meditation helps in complete control of the self in physical and moral terms and in full command of one’s activities with lot of vibrant energies. Through meditation the soul tries to reach the ultimate and gain wisdom and knowledge seldom learnt in any school of thought.
The various benefits of Meditation are:
- It helps in oxygen circulation through out the body.
- It stabilises the respiratory system and reduces risk of blood pressure
- Increases blood flow to the body parts .
- Gives peace and a deeper level of relaxation.
- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
- Builds self-confidence.
- It helps in increasing the serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
Meditation originated several thousand years ago as the oldest method of body exercise and treatments of several diseases in the world. Mediation as a form of exercise and body care is very popular among the people of the developed countries as it gives them enough space to relieve the stress of the workplace. Also patients from all over the world visit South India for Meditation in the ashrams built specially for the purpose.
Meditation which literally means the science of reaching the supreme power, has passed on through the ages traditionally from the master to disciples only by practice that has gained prominence during the centuries that went by. ‘Thaliyola’, palm leaf, was used for writing the postures and . ‘Narayam’, an iron pin, was used as pen. The disciples used to stay in master’s house, which is known as ‘Gurukula’. to learn the methods of meditation.
In modern times, the traditional knowledge and practice of Meditation and a mix of ayurveda have been taken to a new level with the introduction of scientific research and the subject is taught in various Ayurvedic Colleges in Kerala. Used most popularly in the rejuvenation therapies of oil massages, herbal baths etc. and yoga exercises. Ayurvedic treatment and Meditation are sometimes considered a better alternative in curing ailments like Jaundice, Paralysis, Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Spinal problems, Gastric or Peptic ulcers etc.
Herbal mixed liquid is poured all over the body in a rhythmic way through a special bowel from a height for 45 minutes to 1 hour daily while the patient lie in meditation in a sleeping posture. This treatment is very effective for hemiplegia, Paralysis Rheumatic complaints etc.