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Yoga & Naturopathy

Yoga over the period has emerged to be  art and science of life. Maharishi Patanjali is considered Father of Yoga.  Practice of Yoga brings harmony with Mother Nature and thus helps in disease  prevention, promotion of health and management of many lifestyle –related disorders  especially psychosomatic and stress disorders. Literal meaning of the word Yoga is “Yuj” i.e. to unite. It unites  individual consciousness with universal consciousness. There  are eight steps of yoga called “Ashtang Yoga”. The steps are: Yama (restraints),  Niyama (observances), Asana (Physical postures), Pranayama (Control of  breathing), Pratyahara (withdrawal from the worldly objects), Dharana  (concentration), Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (integration of mind and  body).

Yoga is synonymous with healthy way of natural living through  Yogic Asanas, Pranayama and other procedures providing healthy living and  permanent remedy to various ailments very well interwoven with other systems of  healings. Yoga philosophy is based on Panchakosha theory, -annamaya kosha  pranamaya kosha, manomaya kosha, vijnanamaya kosha and ananda mayakosha. This  reflects the importance of each sheaths of our existence.

Naturopathy has been greatly advocated by Father  of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. He practiced and preached Nature Cure as the “Answer  for Mother India”, best suitable for India, based on its geographical,  cultural, social and economic conditions. Nature Cure is a system of man living  in harmony with constructive principles of Nature on the physical, mental and  moral planes of human beings. In Naturopathy, it is believed that body is  constitution of Panchamahabootas – akash   (space), vayu (air), prithvi (earth), aap (water), teja (sun- heat &  light). The balance of these elements is health and its imbalance is ill-  health. Naturopathy seeks to encompass all the drugless therapies (with proven  & empirical basis) and seeks to present to the human beings as an option of  total health care without any chemical or herbal medicines. This is especially  relevant in the present times with the rise of life style diseases to almost  epidemic proportions and that to despite the advancements in modern science and  super specialty care.


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Last Updated : 28 Feb,2020