Yoga and Indian approaches to psychology

Karaikal College of Education

Yoga is a sacred science of India, a practical method of spiritual emancipation practiced from immemorial. It increases the power of concentration and helps to control the wandering and wavering mind. Yoga teaches the art of relaxation. Muscular and nervous tension is removed. Both body and mind, work in harmony. Yoga helps us to keep our body fit. Yoga promotes inner health and harmony. It also enables one to have complete control over the mind and mental activity. Yoga practices bring about better training in serenity and increased will power. Verma (1996) reported that yoga practice was as effective as drug therapy in treating psychological disturbance. The effect of yoga practice lasted for over two years with signs of continuing improvement and in addition to alleviation of ill health, there was also a positive sense of well-being which was not observed in drug therapy.

This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002