Yoga and health

Dr. Saroj Kothari
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Govt. Arts & Commerce College,

Yoga is the science of right living and, as such, is intended to be incorporated in daily life. It works on all aspects of the person: the physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual. Yoga has been a very ancient discipline, and its techniques are very old. But their application for physical and mental health is a very recent phenomenon in the history of yoga. In the 21st century the science of yoga has been the object of investigation by many scientists, representing physiology, medical research and psychology. It has given a message of hope and comfort to the tension-torn people of the modern world. Yoga is a potent means to restore and maintain physical and mental health. Yoga therapy is successful in providing relief in physical diseases such as asthma, backache, blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and HIV+. Most of us in India, find ourselves under constant strain. In such circumstances yoga has emerged as a ray of hope for the suffering humanity. Yoga is beneficial to people suffering from excessive anger, anxiety, depression, insomnia, psycho-somatic problems and stress. Yoga not only improves physique and psyche but also stimulates spiritual development. Yoga leads to beauty from the inside out. Through the yogic practices we can revive old Indian traditions and values which are helpful in promoting human relations.

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

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002