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In Indian Philosophy, Yoga covers a wide range of knowledge. For our purpose here, we will limit ourselves to that part of yoga, which deals with yogic postures (including breathing exercises), and meditation. 

 

All the articles in this website, I hope, will give you a brief philosophical insight to YOGA and arouse some interest in you to study further.

 

YOGA is not a religion – it is a philosophy dealing with the psychophysical aspect of our lives. It is a psychophysical science, as depicted by the Vedic Indians thousands of years ago. It is a science to bring about wisdom, a sense of right proportions, patience, self-restraint, and calmness.

 

 

Yoga is not a set of dogmas and practices just for the initiated. (1)

Yoga is for peace of mind.

 

 

WE NEED NOT LOOK TO THE SKY FOR THE BRIGHT LIGHT;

THE GLORIOUS FIRE IS WITHIN THE SOUL.

THE SOUL OF MAN IS THE KEYHOLE TO THE LANDSCAPE OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE..

   (INDIAN PHILOSOPHY BY RADHAKRISHNAN)

 

 

Yogic postures (or exercises) are not practised to shape up the body like one does in a fitness centre, or to lose a few pounds or kilos, but to prepare your body for MEDITATION in order to fortify the mind to quell the disturbing mental storms that we often experience in our life.

 

The various postures or yogic exercises cure the body of the restlessness; make the body supple and healthy.

 

Yogic postures will invigorate your body and keep your mind healthy and calm.

 

They will bring about a feeling of freshness and relaxation and remove physical lethargy. 

 

Not only Yoga strengthens all of the systems in the body – but also teaches you how to rest. You can create a perfect harmony between your body, your life and your mind. You can live in amity and concord with your self.

 

MEDITATION will help you to relax. When you regularly practise Yoga, you will be able to deal with the conflicts in your mind, - anger, expectations, greed that cause unhappiness. It will help you to have a dialogue with your self.

 

In meditation, it is like letting the mud in a muddy pool settle down. When mind settles down, the mind becomes clear and when mind becomes clear, you can explore and find what’s in it. You will be able to monitor your feeling, from moment to moment.

 

When your mind rests, it gets exercised; it gets its nourishment. Mind is then invigorated. You become calmer, you become patient, you become alert.

 

 

 

 

Where there is tension there is disharmony. Tension can be both physical and mental and therefore our approach to prevention and cure of disease should be based on the principle of physical and mental harmony; and it is here that you have to look back to the treasure of knowledge available to us in the annals of YOGA. (2)

 

 

The best remedy lies with YOU. You have to take care of your own self. Don’t let any problems or anxieties take control over you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Principles of Yoga by Cheryl Isaacson.

2. Yoga and your Heart by Dr. K. K. Datey, et al