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DEFINATION OF YOGA

Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one’s inherent powers in a balanced manner. It offers the means to reach complete self-realization. The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word Yoga is ‘Yoke’. Accordingly, Yoga can be defined as a means for uniting the individual spirit with the universal spirit of God.

SALIENT FEATURES OF YOGA

1. Yoga, a universal practical discipline: Yoga is universal in character for practice and application irrespective of culture, nationality, race, caste of creed, sex, age and physical condition.

2. Yoga as evolutionary process: Yoga is an evolutionary process, a process in the development of human consciousness.
3. Yoga as soul therapy: All paths of yoga (jnana , karma , bhakti etc.) have healing potential to shelter out the effects of the pains which come in life. However.

YAMAS

Practice of Yamas has way to increasing the power of concentration, mental purity and steadiness. The following are the Yamas:

•   Ahimsa                   (not to harm others)
•   Satya                      (to be truthful)
•   Asteya                    (not to steal)
•   Brahmacharya      (calibecy)
•   Aparigraha            (not to possess beyond actual needs)

NIYAMAS

There are five Niyamas:

•   Shauch            (external and internal purification)
•   Santosh           (contentment)
•   Tapa                 (to make right efforts to achieve goals)
•  Swadhyaya      (to study authentic texts and religious sculptures to acquire  correct  knowledge of  self                                and supreme divinity)
•  Ishwar Pranidhan (complete surrender to the divine will)

A set of Asanas, Mudras and Pranayamas practiced with faith , perseverance and insight rejuvenates the brain, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidney bowels, all nerves, muscles, tissues and glands of the body by ensuring oxygenated and balanced blood supply, kindles up the appetite, bestows control over seminal fluid, senses and mind and imparts increased vitality, vigour and longevity to the practitioner.

 

 

 

 

SURYA NAMASKAR

Surya Namaskar is the most useful and popular mode of Yogic exercises which briefly bestows the benefits of Asanas, Pranayamas and Mudras altogether.

ASANAS

Asanas may be classified as (1) Meditative (2) Cultural, and (3) Relaxative:-

1. Meditative Asanas   are sitting postures, which maintain the body in asteady and comfortable conditions. By various arrangements of the legs and hands different Meditative Asanas are performed.
2. Cultural Asanas involve static stretching which brings about proper tone of muscles. They contribute to the flexibility of the spine and render the back and spinal muscles stronger. They also stimulate proper working of the vital organs in the thoracic and abdominal cavities.

3. Relaxative Asanas are few in numbers. They are performed in the lying position and are meant for giving rest to the body and mind.

 

PRANAYAMA

These practices bring control over the respiratory impulses, which from one of the channels of the flow of autonomic nerve impulses. Holding of the breath for a prolonged and comfortable time is an essential technique of Pranayama.

 

BANDHAS AND MUDRAS

These are locks and holds of the semi voluntary and involuntary muscles in the body. They decongest the vita organs, improve circulation and nutrition by pressure manipulations and contribute to general health and emotional stability. A difference is made between the Bandhas and Mudras on the bases of their use in Pranayama. Mudras that are used in pranayama are usually called Bandhas because they bind and channelise a particular nervous activity in a particular place or direction.

KRIYAS

These are purificatory processes usually classified into six divisions and therefore they are often called Shatkriyas. These are Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Trataka, Nauli and Kapalbhati, each one of which consists of many subsections. They increase the range of adaptability of the tissues forming various organs and systems and raise the threshold of their reactivity. Kriyas bring control on different reflexes and establish psycho-physiological balance.

MEDITATION

This is the practice involving control of the mental functions, which start from the initial withdrawal of the senses from external objects to the complete oblivion of the external environment. There are several techniques of meditation. It is a process of absorption in which the individual tries to turn his attention to dwell upon a single object, sound, concept or experience.

AFFLICTIONS AND DISEASES WHICH ARE AMENABLE THROIGH YOGA THERAPY

•   Amoebiasis
•   Anxiety-Neurosis
•   Depression
•   Arthritis
•   Allergic-Skin-Diseases
•   Bronchial Asthama

•   Irritable-Bowel-Syndrome
•   Obesity
•   Peptic-Ulcer
•   Back-pain
•   Respiratory TractInfections
•   Sciatica

•   Constipation
•   Cervical-spondylosis
•   Diabetes
•   Gastritis
•   Hamiplegia
•   Hypertension

•   Insomnia
•   Flatulence
•   Postural Defects
•   Epilepsy
•   Epilepsy


Naturopathy Treatment

Gandhiji was influenced by the book “return to nature” written by Adolf just and become a firm believer of Naturopathy It may be noted here that Gandhiji used to stay at the “Nature Cure Clinic” of Dr. Dinshaw Mehta situated in Pune during 1934 to 1944. In his memory the government of India established ‘national Institute of Naturopathy’ in 1986 at that place. Gandhiji included Naturopathy in his constructive programmes.

DEFINATION OF NATUROPATHY

Naturopathy is asystem of man building in harmony with constructive principles of Nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of living. It has great health promotive, disease preventive and curative as well as restorative potential

 

PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHY

The main principles of Naturopathy are as under:

1. All disease, their cause and their treatment are one. Except for traumatic and environmental conditions, the cause of all diseases is one that is accumulation of morbid matter in the body and their elimination from the body is treatment.

2.  The primary cause of disease is not bacteria or virus. Bacteria and virus enter and survive in the body only after the accumulation of morbid matter when a favourable atmosphere for their growth is established in body. Hence, the basic cause is morbid matter, not the bacteria. They are secondary cause.

3. Acute diseases are self healing effort of the body. Hence they are our friends, not the enemy. Chronic diseases are outcome of wrong treatment and suppression of the acute diseases.

4. Nature is the greatest healer. Body has a capacity to prevent itself from disease and regain health if unhealthy.

5. In Naturopathy patient is treated and not the disease.

 

DIFFERENT MODALITIES OF NATUROPATHY

Naturopathy is a science of healthy living. It teaches us how we should live? What we should eat? And how our daily routine should be? Naturopathy not only help us in attaining freedom from disease but also help in acquiring positive and vigorous health.

 

DIET THERAPY

According to this therapy the food must be taken in natural or maximum natural form. Fresh seasonal fruits, fresh green leafy vegetables and sprouts are excellent from this point of view.

These diets are broadly classified into three types which are as follows:

 

Eliminative Diet

Liquid-Lemon Citric juices, Tender coconut water, Vegetables soup, Buttermilk etc

 

Soothing Diet

Fruit, Salad, Boiled/steamed vegetable, Sprouts, vegetable chutney etc.

 

Constructive Diet

Wholesome flour, Unpolished rice, little pulses, Sprouts, Curd etc.

Being alkaline these diets help in improving health, purifying the body and rendering it immune to disease. To this end a proper combination of food is necessary.

Fasting Therapy

Fasting is an important modality in the natural methods of health preservation. In fasting, mental preparedness is an essential precondition. After that fasting for one or two days can be administered to any individual. Prolonged fasting should be done only under supervision of competent Naturopath.

     

Steam Bath

Hot Foot Bath

Hip Bath

Thermolium ( colour Sun ) Bath

Under water Massage

Mud Bath