This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Yogic life styles of Indians

S.N. Dubey — K.S.Saket P.G. College, Faizabad.

India has a glorious history of Yoga. It is a land of saints and seers, gurus, yogis, ashrams, and seats of learning. Our ancestors have contributed towards the welfare of mankind. Patanjale’s Yoga Sutras, Tulsidas’s Ramcharit Manas, Kabir’s and Rahim’s couplets, Vidur Neeti, Bhartihari’s Neetishatakam etc., have guided the people of India to excel and live a beautiful life. Managing psychological disorders is the main concern of psychologists. The citations from our literature, religion and cultural heritage guide us and pave the way to overcome distress. This paper presents an overview of yogic practices and lifestyles as described in our literature, stories, rituals, religion, culture etc., along with suitable examples and their implications for Indians.

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