Yoga, the science of man, based on ancient Indian wisdom and culture, is an art of living a healthy, balanced, peaceful and contented life. Yoga, being a total integrated system, studies man in his wholeness – body, mind and spirit – and is integrated to certain principles, ideas, values, attitudes and a way of life for personal and social benefits.
Conceived by the great sages in their quest for self-realization, it has come to be recognized during its long travails from the hermitages to the cities, as the science of man, a philosophy of life, a code of conduct, an attitude and an approach, as well as an art of living which is capable not only of ensuring physical well-being, mental peace and harmony, moral elevation and spiritual uplift of man but also of transforming man from his gross existence to the sublime heights of divinity.
Today, Yoga has been accepted universally as a science of health and well being shattering the boundaries of race, creed and culture with its spiritual character. It is in wide use as an effective curative and preventative measure to contain several chronic and serious diseases. Most of our diseases are psychosomatic and this concept had been conceived in yogic literature thousands of years ago. The practice of yoga is effective because its approach is psycho-somato-spiritual.
Yoga for the Family
The practice of simple asanas, such as pawanmuktasana, surya namaskara, pranayamas and some relaxation practices needs to be introduced into our family life. This will act to prevent disease and to promote efficiency and the confidence in individuals to meet stressful situations quietly and comfortably. The introduction of yogic practices in the family and community is expected to reduce violence and social conflict and to inculcate values of consideration and appreciation of others’ views. Collective participation in yogic programs leads to diffusion of hostility and promotion of healthy interaction.
Yoga for Children
Yogic practices are very useful for children. Yoga experts advocate that actual yoga training for children should start at the age of seven years when the pineal gland is about to stop its secretion. Such practices are helpful not only for balanced growth but more particularly in the development of the intuitive faculty. Similarly, yoga training should find an important place in our educational system.
Yoga for All
Every society is confronted with tension and stress-related problems. The individualistic outlook, the mad rush for material gain and position, time pressure at work and role strains are some of the important conditions of the modern times causing stress, tension and psychosomatic and psychosocial problems. Yoga has the capacity to defuse tension and restore peace and harmony.