Yoga for the householders

Vimla Vagrecha
Sagar (M.P.)

At a surface level one's involvement in the practice of yoga and simultaneously carrying out worldly affairs seems to be poles apart, however, at a deeper analysis, these roles are complementary to each other. Yoga is instrumental in the change of personality, attitudes and physique towards the betterment of life. If a householder can do yoga, he is much better than a sanyasin who remains aloof from the society. A householder wants good health for carrying out the four purusarthas which yoga ensures to give him or her. Yoga gives him good health, sound mind, joyful living and and emotional equilibrium, through which a householder can perform his\her worldly affairs in a better way. To achieve this end the practice begins with some dos and don'ts to be practised in daily life. It is a graded course of training. One may start with Anuvrata and may reach up to Mahavrata. Yoga is a way of life which ensures perfect health-- Physical, Mental, Moral and Spiritual. Thus Yoga for a householder is more pertinent and more beneficial than it is for a yogin himself.

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

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002