Fitness in Modern Era

The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.

Asanas evolved over time into the system we know as hatha yoga, as a more comprehensive system was felt to be needed not only to keep the body and energy in better condition but as a physical and vital doorway to the discovery of yoga or the unity of things. Yoga is more concerned with ‘being’ and not satisfied by merely doing. All doing must enable discovery and transformation of being. Being aware of the activity of the mind is itself disentanglement from thought. In the practice of yoga asanas, we have an opportunity to discover that it is possible to do something with full awareness and without the interference of thought. This is not to say that asanas are some kind of physical activity that do not require thinking, but to suggest that the inner intelligence is perfectly capable of acting—doing the asana intelligently. Radioactivity and radiation existed long before the evolution of the life on the earth, excessive radiation exposure is, no doubt, harmful and can cause genetic disorder, which may even be fatal. Further the flow of free radical production is conventionally attributed to too much urbanization, pollution and junk food. Apart from radioactive exposure and oxygen free radicals, many wrong habits and irregularity in lifestyles may lead to poor state of fitness and ultimately results in various health hazards. Therefore, there is a need to develop systematic strategy to educate the common people and making them conscious to prevent their fitness and health. Rationale of Yoga for Promotion of Health, Fitness and Values Yoga is of great relevance to mind-body medicine because of the way it looks at life. The yogic view of life is the best prescription even written for lasting peace and joy, which are independent of external events and circumstances. Emotion is a Rajas guna of Prakriti, which is responsible for many types of disease. Psychophysiologically, emotions act upon our body through hypothalamus which controls ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) and the endocrine systems. Negative emotions like anger, fear, greed, jealousy give rise to somatic illness where on the other hand positive emotions like love, compassion, friendship, affection etc. give the strength to combat the stress. Illness due to negative emotions includes hyper acidity, hypertension, insomnia, menstrual disturbances, loss of appetite etc. Yoga plays a vital role as the ancient Indian healing art. Classical Yoga is a science of human psychology. It works on three-facet viz. mental, physical & social states resulting in improved health, lesser greed for possession & efficient management of human life. Ageing changes are of physical, psycho-physiological and biochemical nature. In ageing all aerobic organisms are exposed to oxidative stress and gradually the functioning abilities of almost all organs are reduced. This in fact leads to reduce one’s immunity power and as a result overall health related fitness declines. In old age since body does not permit for vigorous activities, one can think of yoga – a healthy lifestyle. The claims of traditional Yoga texts and supportive research evidences indicate that Yoga is a powerful way of life not only to improve one’s health related fitness but also show path to live healthy in delaying old age. Through asana practice, you directly see the intelligence within, which is beyond the ego, at work. This intelligence is not burdened with your hopes, ambition and preference and you see that all of this is added on by the ego and that there is now a separation between the inner intelligence and the ego. The inner intelligence deals with what actually is—here, the asana you are doing. The ego deals with what it would like, prefer or what it hopes for—that is, thought. The inner intelligence does not respond to thought as it is the ego’s creation and sustained by it. The ego dwells and flourishes in its own abyss or in waves of thought. You quickly learn that by following the inner intelligence, you discover just how long you can stay in the asana and when you can extend further. There is no struggle at all. Struggle is experienced when you ‘try’ to do it with all your skill, even though the asana seems difficult. The practice of asanas is not about the difficulty of the asana—but about difficulty period. Difficulty is the resistance felt by the interference of the ego with the reality of what actually is or the situation right now.

health, lesser greed for possession & efficient management of human life. Ageing changes are of physical, psycho-physiological and biochemical nature. In ageing all aerobic organisms are exposed to oxidative stress and gradually the functioning abilities of almost all organs are reduced. This in fact leads to reduce one’s immunity power and as a result overall health related fitness declines. In old age since body does not permit for vigorous activities, one can think of yoga a healthy lifestyle. The claims of traditional Yoga texts and supportive research evidences indicate that Yoga is a powerful way of life not only to improve one’s health related fitness but also show path to live healthy in delaying old age. Through asana practice, you directly see the intelligence within, which is beyond the ego, at work. This intelligence is not burdened with your hopes, ambition and preference and you see that all of this is added on by the ego and that there is now a separation between the inner intelligence and the ego. The inner intelligence deals with what actually is here, the asana you are doing. The ego deals with what it would like, prefer or what it hopes for that is, thought. The inner intelligence does not respond to thought as it is the ego’s creation and sustained by it. The ego dwells and flourishes in its own abyss or in waves of thought. You quickly learn that by following the inner intelligence, you discover just how long you can stay in the asana and when you can extend further. There is no struggle at all. Struggle is experienced when you ‘try’ to do it with all your skill, even though the asana seems difficult. The practice of asanas is not about the difficulty of the asana but about difficulty period. Difficulty is the resistance felt by the interference of the ego with the reality of what actually is or the situation right now. Physical benefits of asana practice Some of the physical benefits of specific asanas are listed along with the images that follow. These just come; no need to chase after them or be concerned with things like body sculpting. Being fully aware of the inner process is mental sculpting chiseling away the ego by disuse and using the inner intelligence instead. The physical will just happen, let it come.

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