Yoga: Ancient Wisdom for Today's Health

Yoga can be up to 5,000 years old, according to some. One of the six schools of Hindu philosophy and a largely living tradition today, it predates the other major religions of the world. Her wisdom is timeless and her views on health and wellness are visionary.


Yoga, like all major religions and religious philosophies, explores the relationship between mind, spirit, and body. The Bhagavad Gita ("Canticle of the Lord"), written possibly between 400 and 100 BC, identifies four major branches of yoga. All of them focus on an aspect of the mind, spirit, or body and explore their relationship from a different perspective.


The first, karma yoga, is the yoga action in the world.

* The second, Jinana Yoga, is the yoga of wisdom and intellectual pursuit.

* And the third, bhakti yoga, is faithfulness yoga.

The fourth, Diana Yoga, is meditation yoga.


Hatha Yoga, a system of yoga introduced by the Yogi Swatmarama in the 15th century, is based on Patanjali's yoga, which was written sometime between 200 BC. And 300 c. The eight-step yoga system in Patanjali is a form of raja yoga, which means that it presents meditation as the path to the ultimate goal of enlightenment

Hatha yoga is the most well-known method in the West today. Focuses on purifying the body as a way to cleanse the mind and prana (vital energy). In this respect, it differs a lot from Patanjali Yoga in that Patanjali Yoga focuses on purifying the mind as a pathway to purify prana and the body.

When viewing the body as the path to the mind and the soul, yoga is similar to those of Western religions: which emphasize ritual practices as the path to spiritual understanding.

Hatha Yoga exercises Yoga applies a holistic, broad approach that teaches people a different way of being in the world. Hatha Yoga teaches this approach through a series of poses or postures. Asanas should be "firm but comfortable, firm, but loose," according to the teachings of classic yoga. The first step is learning rhythmic yoga breathing (pranayama) and maintaining this regular breathing throughout the position.

That is why - and this is to maintain good breathing - one of the first positions taught is the savasana, or "corpse" pose. Savasana is a reclining asana. When lying on the back, one lets the arms and legs fall naturally at an angle of about 45 degrees from the body. Starting with the toes and moving up through the body, one focuses on every part of the body, and feels the rhythm of blood moving through that part. The effect is to produce mindful relaxation and regular deep breathing.

Asas include standing exercises, sit-ups, exercises that start from a lying down position, and exercises that start from the lying down position and twist exercises. Every position is held for a few moments. Early in the practice of yoga, there may be a tendency to relax so much that one falls asleep. However, a suitable state is a relaxed state of alert. While doing the exercise, one must check that breathing remains regular all the time - and also that the muscles that are not the current focus of the stretch remain relaxed.

The health effects of practicing yoga: Yoga focuses on the spine that we know today as the sheath that protects the central nervous system and thus controls all parts of the body as well as mood and mental performance. In fact, manipulating the spine in favor of health is the basis of chiropractic treatment, and it is familiar to many in the West.

In a survey conducted by the Yoga Biomedical Trust in 1983-84, 3,000 people who participated in yoga for a specific condition were asked about how beneficial the treatment was. It was reported to be the most effective for back pain, benefiting 98% of respondents. It has also been reported to be 96% effective in cases of nerve or muscle diseases. With regard to heart disease and anxiety, respondents reported an improvement of 94%. Finally, with regards to alcohol addiction, the participants reported a massive 100% improvement.

Based on chiropractic information, we can safely assume that yoga may be directed toward treating specific physical problems such as, for example, a poor thyroid gland. If the thoracic vertebra (T6) is affected in a way that affects the nerve that goes to the thyroid gland, it will affect thyroid function. On the contrary, relieving this pressure on the nerve, if proper yoga practice is introduced early enough, can reverse the problem.

Yoga Nutrition Yoga nutrition emphasizes foods that enhance prana or vital energy and eat them in such a way that these foods have the maximum chance to do their job. This means that according to the principles of yoga, one should eat small amounts of the best quality foods - those that produce the minimum amount of toxins and in such quantities that the body is not overworked through the digestive process. These foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.