Yoga and Health
Swami Adhyatmananda

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If one ruminates over the word ‘Yoga’ one can definitely create a feeling that Yoga is a helpful element. One can derive this understanding from the following:

1.   Yoga strengthens voluntary and centrally motored muscles, the working capacity increases. Muscles become more efficient and get more endurance power.

2.   Along with better working capacity of the body, one has less tension and the capacity to bear high tension increases.

3.   Fattiness gets controlled.

4.   Heart gets massage.

5.   Body and mind remain fresh and healthy

6.   Respiratory system gets strengthened and sensory nerves get balanced.

7.   Capacity of the heart to work increases; circulation process of blood gets controlled and heart becomes more alert in performance of its duties.

8.   Because of the effect of Asanas and Pranayama, the head as well as the glands giving internal secretion get regular blood supply. This results in better sensitivity between nervous system, muscles, and veins. This results in very good capacity to work as well as dexterity in working of a man who practises Asana, Pranayama and medita­tion.

9.   In the event of bursting of an artery blood-flow gets immediately stopped, capacity of effectiveness of glucose enhances. Body loses fat, cholesterol decreases. One gets the present of a long life and good health without much effort. When you are going to get all these advantages it is very much essential to exercise proper care in observing following points. Yoga-abhyas will result in sufficient amount and proper quantum of gain. 


1.   Yoga-abhyas should not be carried out haphazardly like an indisciplined man. Do not imitate like monkeys.

2.   Breathing should, throughout Yoga-abhyas, be attentively carried out normally through nostrils.

3.   At the end of a set of different Asanas, perform Shavasana or Makarasana which gives relaxation.

4.   One should not perform Asana in such a haste that he gets tired. Do not perform Asana if it results in stress and strain.

5.   Be a constant observer of the breathing process.

6.   Asana should be performed peacefully with ease and without the least tendency of competition of haste.

7.   Asana should be performed only when mind is quiet, peaceful, happy and spiritual.

8.   Put on clean, light and loose clothes for the practice of Yogasanas.

9.   Practise Yogasana on light or empty stomach.

10. If one wants to exercise in the morning, a proper bath taken in the beginning will give extra freshness and one will enjoy exercise.

11. Individual and social discipline means Yama. This in­cludes non-injury, truth, non-stealing, good thoughts, good behaviour and good dealings, non-hoarding. Niyama means internal and external purity, satisfaction, Tapas, self-analysis and surrender to God. This type of practice of Yamas and Niyamas by an aspirant makes life clean and pure and will give him initiation in Yaugic field. 


You should consult a Yoga teacher having full medical knowledge as well as consult a doctor before starting experimentation with Yoga science or healing of diseases.

There is a big centre in northern India at Udhampur for training of officers of army One of the senior army officer who works hours together on typing machine was suffering from cervical spondylosis. One overwise man who consid­ered himself an expert, advised that Yoga-abhyas could help the typist officer. This much is a fact, but further advice he gave was such which would have contrary effect. Unfortu­nately he demonstrated exercises and said “Shirsasana and Sarvangasana are the best among all the Asanas; for atleast 35 years, I regularly practise these Asanas. Just look at how healthy I am !“ This was also a correct information but by advising that army officer who was a patient of cervical spondylosis to practise Sarvangasana and Shirsasana, was like advising to allow 4 cups of ice cream to a highly diabetic. Ultimately what was not desired just happened. This per­sonal assistant of army officer suffered much. Thus, it is not proper to carry out Yoga exercises in the manner recom­mended by quacks. Practise Yoga exercises only under advice and guidance of one who has knowledge of Yoga and medical science.

Main essential aspect about Yoga treatment is medical aid, care in food habits and Yoga exercises. If these three are simultaneously attended, then only, treatment can be beneficial.

If a sick person is seriously ill, Yoga healing cannot be applied.

Yaugic treatment helps in two stages:

When illness is in the primary stage.

When a sick person is recuperating, Yoga-abhyas results in astonishing help, when carried out combined with patience and prayers.


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