Yoga is not a religion...it is a universal concept that brings things
scattered together. That may be people, ideas or simply the exercises
that helps one to bring him / herself together. Yoga literally means
" union", " connections", or "oneness.
Theologically speaking, there are four divisions of Yoga. In Sanskrit, they are called Raja-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga and Jnana Yoga. And the person who seeks this kind of a union is called a Yogi. The worker is called the Karma-Yogi. One who seeks this union through mysticism is called a Raja-Yogi. One who searches this union in love is a Bhakti-Yogi. And one who seeks this Yoga through philosophy is called the Jnana-Yogi.
Yoga and Meditation go hand in hand and Pranayama is an integral part of both. The Asanas' we practice (postures) stimulate nerve energy. Of course we all know that nerve energy passes along the spine and sends impulses to our brain and through-out the body. Stimulating and increasing nerve energy through-out the body gives us more energy, clarity and awareness (hightened consciousness).
Pranayama is working with or using breathing techniques to integrate movement with breath. Prana means 'life force'. By practicing various Pranayama we then stimulate our energy centers (chakras) and open up latent mysteries, powers, energies that may be asleep in many of us. This awakening in combination with inner reflection through meditation is the beginning of the awakening of the potential of human beings...
Origin of Yoga
Yoga originates from the East. The earliest writings about Yoga appear in the Bhagavad- Gita about 10,000 years ago. From India the Yogic techniques were taught to the monks in the Himalayas and they in turn (with some changes) taught it to the villagers who needed to learn how to protect themselves.....these teachings evolved and became what we know today as Martial Arts.
In the second century C.E., the Indian yogi Patanjali - who is sometimes referred to as the Father of Yoga - codified the millennia-old yoga tradition in his Yoga Sutra. Patanjali outlined eight specific principles, each of which is an entire practice path intended to reunite the seeker with the divine.
The Eight Steps
> Yamas - Ethical behavior, truth, non-violence, non-stealing,
> Niyamas - Self discipline, purity, surrender of ego
> Asanas - Bodily Postures
> Pranayama - Breathing and control of the vital breath force
> Pratahahara - Turning inward, releasing the Ego & senses
> Dhyrana - Concentration of the mind
> Dyana - Meditation
> Samadi - Transcendence
Yoga - a Healthy Excercise
Yoga is a good way to exercise. It combines various styles that can calm and relax your being as well stimulate your nerves, work you muscles and condition your organs. It is an over all tonic that helps the entire organism. It can be practiced at home every day for just a few minutes or in a studio environment where you are guided through the postures step by step.
YOGA : Yoga is an ancient philosophical science developed on the wisdom of east. It is a way of living with healthy & happiness which combines physical fitness, mental alertness & emotional balance of an individual. Through it , we can achieve the sound mind know as “sat-chit-ananda “(Truth – conscious – bliss) on which self –confidence , self control , creativity, Imagination , positive attitude , inner lights could be achieved .
We at HIYA program on the Astang yoga (Eight Limbs), Specially focusing on Hatha Yoga , Meditation , sound therapy, food – discipline , six cleansing acts etc.
A. Hatha Yoga : It means of all physical energy currents that flows through the two channels of energy lines into the centre of body . “Ha” is a solar or right tube (Pingala) and “tha” is the lunar or left tube (ida). The connection of “Ha” & “Tha” into sushumna (Spinal cord) deals to Hatha yoga practices .By the hatha yoga ,the body organs & systems are to be cleansed specially through Asanas & Pranayam. Asanas heal an illness, reduces stress , promotes health & balance body, mind & soul.
B. Pranayam (Bio-energy control): It means stilling of Breath that stills the mind. It cleanses the energy channels (nadis) & energy centers (charkas). The breathing process is intimately linked with the brain & central nervous system, especially to the hypothalamus. So, a quite breaths keeps the body healthy & longevity and the mind at peace, alertness , harmony & balance .
C. Mudras & Bandhas : Mudras are specific body & hand position that channel the energy created by asanas & pranayam into chakra & sushumna , they stimulate higher mental functioning . And bandhas are lock on the poles of energy that help to unite the life force & to rise woeards inner spiritual tube of spine (Sushumna). They create longevity & reverse the ageing process .
It is the bliss stage of mind. It is a concentration and constant stage of mind where there is no thoughts. Mind waves fix on the point and become very minute and then vacuums stage. So, the sound stage of mind where the “Sat-chitta -ananda”(truth-conscious-bliss) is achieved. We have different type of meditation process like charkas-dhyan, Active dhyan, sound meditation etc.
Meditation gives you something that nothing else can: It introduces you to yourself on all levels.
Meditation will bring you:
* Peace of mind, calmness, and a sense of well being
* Better relationships, better health, and a better life
* Personal, philosophical, and spiritual insights
* The direct experience of your eternal center of being
The benefits of meditation are your birthright, whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Confucian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Taoist, follow some other religion, or none at all. Meditate... Meditate... Meditate...
E. Sound Therapy: All of life is vibration of colors, energy particles and channels. The physical body is a great musical instrument. We can use mantras, charkas and music that vibrate the life-breath. Sound itself belongs to the first creation and first element of ether. By calming and awakening the inner self through sound, a person can calm , harmonize and balance all the elements that are in life. It is used as healing therapy for physical, mental and spiritual disorders.
F. Food-discipline: It is one of the part of yoga. A practitioner should apply the food-discipline for balancing the lifestyle. With the help of food-discipline, we can purify the physical mental intellectual and spiritual enhancement. It helps to release Tri-dosh (wat, pitta & kaph) that balance the life. We should care so many things concern to food consume like food nature, amount food, time of meals, way of eating, good feeling, quality of food, cooking methods etc.
G. Six Cleansing Acts: The fundamental cleansing acts used in yoga practices (sadhana) is called six cleansing acts (shatkarma). They purify the body and mind and also make it easier to achieve the yogic goals by which the inner purity, peace, love, patience, stability, happiness, self-belief, self-actualization etc. can be achieved. They manipulate the five elements or Tri-dosh within the body.
H. Laughter Therapy: It is a valuable healing therapy for different ailments and sound health promotion as well. It influences the internal organs & functions of the body and also helps to release the relaxing hormones that relieves Pain, Stress, Fatigue and Anxiety etc. It refreshes the mind and purifies the body, ultimately goals the activeness, beauties, peace, healthy and happiness.
I. SPA THERAPY: It is applied as enjoyable and luxurious package for better health, beauty and clinical approaches as well. These therapies under Hydro-therapy and Panch-karma, are beneficial for Body-ache, Joint-muscular pain, Overweight, Kaph problems, Tiredness, Stress. Skin problems, Neuro-problems etc. Under these therapies, we apply mostly Steam bath, Spinal bath, Hip bath, Foot bath, Colon therapy, Body cleansing process, steam inhalation, Oilation therapy etc.
BODY CARE THERAPY: It is a complete fitness and well-being therapy that enables to relieve stress, fatigue, anxiety & pain and also detoxifies the body and mind. It manipulates the body physiological, chemical and bio-logical process, tones up the body, refresh the mind and re-store the life force. It cures the chronic diseases and promotes into better health. It increases the flexibility and maintains the body postures. We have different type of therapies like Ayurvedic abhyanga (use of oil & aroma’s lubricants and different steps), Ayu-acu-yog abhyanga (mix therapy of lubricants,
acu-points & yog-physio), Traditinal Thai (Acu-points and stretching), tTai foot reflexology (use of pressure on reflex points on sole) and shiatsu ( use of Acupressure and tapotments).
SHIRODHARA: It is one of the therapy under Panch-karma of the Ayurveda medicines where the specific medicated oil is poured on the forehead in regular stream for a definite period. It is an enjoyable and more effective therapy for mental relaxation and cure for the mental disorders like Headache, Insomnia, Stress, Depression, sinusitis, Loss of memory, Hair problems, and parkinsonism etc.
AYURVEDIC AND LIFESTYLE CLINIC: Every problems are caused due to unnatural lifestyle. So there is the optimum need of integrated health plan seen in the world for permanent and safe treatment and health promotion cum rejuvenation based on complementary approaches to those who are disappointed from the materialistic and stressful life.
Naturopathic Health Care
A Naturopathic Consultation is a complete natural health evaluation to assess the underlying causes of health imbalances. The consultation includes an in-depth health history, dietary and lifestyle assessment, face and tongue observation, iridology, Chinese pulses, kinesiology and reflex point testing. The assessment is used to develop an individualized holistic health program based on nutritional and lifestyle recommendations, natural remedies (homeopathy, herbs, supplements), detoxification and bodywork treatments.
DISEASES TREATED: Stress, Headache, Insomnia, Loss of memory, Sinusitis, Asthma, Diabetes, Jaundice, Gastritis, Constipation, Overweight, Blood pressure, Heart problems, Arthritis, Neck pain, Back pain, Knee pain, Paralysis, Sexual problems, Female problems and so on.