Rita guides you through a most loving and sacred yoga practice. Her gentle nature and lightness allow for the most wonderful unfolding to take place in her class. As a fellow student and teacher I am always appreciative of her gifts and radiant smile she shares with others. ... Aarti Ganesh           Read more...

What is the Purpose of Yoga?

Yoga is a way of getting in touch with your real self. The word Yoga means to yoke and the aim is to bring about a state of balance and harmony of body, mind and spirit. Therefore, Yoga teaches methods to train & develop the physical body & mind. 

As we go deeper into Yoga, we realise that mind & body both interact & each acts upon the other. To gain control of body & mind we must first have the help of Yogasanas. After the body is sufficiently controlled, we can start training the mind. With the training of the mind, concentration & memory power increase & we will be able to manipulate the internal forces. Its regular practice brings good health, longevity, strength, vim and vitality.

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Diseases are caused in the body when a chalk like impurities get accumulated in the muscles & other body parts. It contains chemical substances like lime-phosphate & magnesia. For the human body, this impurity is like poison. As one gets older, the amount of this poison also increases in such proportions that it is able to damage several parts of our body. By the accumulation of this impurity, the veins & arteries contract, the circulation of blood in the brain becomes slower, the memory is affected & doubts, worries, bad temper take hold of us.

In Yoga, control of body starts with Kriyas (Cleansing Process). 

The impurities, which are formed due to the wear and tear of the body and the accumulation of wastes after the food has been digested, find the following outlets:

(i) through the nose by breath, 
(ii) through the anus in the form of excreta, 
(iii) through urine, and 
(iv) through the skin in the form of perspiration and dirt. 

It is obvious that if all these outlets are clean and open, and the wastes find their outlet properly through them, we can never fall ill. Yoga pays great attention to removing waste material, which our organs are not able to throw off. The regular practice of Yogasanas keeps these outlets clean and open, besides strengthening the organs, which are responsible for excreting these impurities. Sound functioning of the organs depends upon good healthy nerves. Our nervous system should get strength so that all body movements can be performed in a proper way.

Majority of the people believe that once they are engaged in some form of physical work, what is the need for Yoga or any other exercise. I think these ideas are misplaced. For example many of our daily chores are done while standing- we use vacuum cleaner in standing position, clothes are washed in washing machines while standing, dishwasher cleans crockery while we stand, kitchens are designed to allow cooking while standing and even toilets are having western style seats. So where do you have the occasion to sit with folded knees? Yes, if we go to attend a gathering to mourn the dead, we may have to sit with folded knees & legs. But these days chairs are provided there too! We have hardly any exercise for knees. If some muscles are not given proper exercises, they will tend to contract, and there will be stiffness and heaviness in the body. Blood circulation and nerve force will consequently be impeded. Their malfunctioning will disturb the organs. Yoga postures maintain the right circulation in all your body parts and help in channeling energy where it is required the most.

Good health is the biggest gift, we all know. Until & unless our internal organs - Respiratory system, Circulatory system, Alimentary system, Genito-urinary system, Locomotor system, Brain & Nervous system are healthy, we cannot be healthy. Yogasanas and Pranayama practice cast deep impression on all these systems.

ln fact, Yogasanas, Pranayarna and six yogic practices of purification (Trataka for eyesight, Neti for upper nasal tract, Kapalbhati for lower respiratory part, Dhauti for cleaning stomach, Nauli for abdominal muscles, Basti for lower intestines) are a panacea for all ills. 

Besides having physical, mental and moral effects, Yoga system leads a person towards spiritualisrn. No other system has such wide‑ranging impact on human body, mind, brain and intellect. The best feature of Yoga is that you are never restricted by age, disease or physical capability. The movements are gentle and rhythmic; hence there is no waste of energy like in physical culturist exercises.

Before You Begin - Certain Precautions

· Always breathe through the nose unless specific instructions are given to the contrary. Be a constant observer of the breathing process.

· Do not eat before a Yoga session. Wait at least 4-5 hours after a heavy meal & 2-3 hours after a snack. One should take meals at least half an hour after Yoga exercises.

· Wear light loose comfortable clothes that do not restrict your movements. Keep your feet bare & clean. One should avoid wearing spectacles, contact lenses, wristwatch or ornaments during the performance of Asanas.

· Always practice with full concentration and awareness. Do the asanas slowly and smoothly, paying attention to accuracy and alignment. Make sure you do not strain or force the body more than it naturally permits. Over a period of time and with regular practice, you will become more flexible.

· Asanas should be performed peacefully with ease and without the least tendency of competition or haste.

· Adapt your practice to take account of how you are feeling. For example, if you are tired and lethargic after a long day at work, incorporate more restful forward bends.

· Always end your session, however short, with five to ten minutes relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). This practice will allow any strain suffered by any part of body to get relaxed and the body will feel light.

· Don't bring cell phones to the class else switch them off before the start. Leave socializing and business outside the studio.

· Regularity is the most important factor if you want to derive full benefits of the Yogasanas quickly.

YOGIC TREATMENT

You should consult a Yoga teacher having full medical knowledge as well as consult a doctor before starting experimentation with Yoga science or healing of diseases.

Main essential aspect about Yoga treatment is medical aid, care in food habits and Yoga exercises. If these three are simultaneously attended to, then only treatment can be beneficial.

If a person is seriously ill, Yoga healing cannot be applied.

Yogic treatment helps in two stages-When illness is in the primary stage or when a sick person is recuperating,Yoga-abhyas results in astonishing help, when carried out combined with patience and prayers.

Dr Rita Khanna
Om Shanti