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					YOGA FOR HEALTH I was introduced to Yoga accidentally by a friend of mine during September 2002 and developed keen interest in learning Yoga. During Initial period of practice I got lot of pains in almost all parts of my body which were not there earlier.So I got confused but somehow I decided to go ahead with regular practice and slowly things changed .Believe it I started experiencing tremendous change in my over all personality. And hence I have made a maiden effort to write this article with a view that it may influence some of the readers and bring them into the world of Yoga. Let us understand what is ‘Yoga ‘? Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yug’ which means ‘union’, ‘joining’,’ combing’ or’ concentrate’. Now a days it has become common that people go to Yoga for relief from certain ailments and ofcourse that is possible. But the ultimate goal of Yoga is union of oneself with universal force .The great saint Pathanjali who lived during the 3 rd century B.C .has documented about 185 verses called ‘Pathanjali Sutras’ in which he has elaborately mentioned the procedures to attain mastery in Yogasanas. Modern life with all the advancements has changed the lives of people all over the globe. With the adverse environment, high level of stress and pollution the lives of all human beings have become miserable. New diseases are added day in and day out. Scientists all over the world are working hard to over come the problems but there seems to be no end. Here comes Yoga as savior.

Yoga is a systematic study of humanbody, mind and the intellect. When these different faculties are in harmony, one experience calmness and composure in all situations. Yogasanas stimulate every cell, every organ in the body so that the balance in the body metabolism is maintained. Broadly there are four different types of Yogas namely ;  Jnana Yoga  Bhakti Yoga  Karma Yoga and  Raja Yoga Intellect plays the main role in Jnana Yoga. Prominent personalities in this group are Jnana Deva , Allama Prabhu In Bhakti Yoga through total surrounder one realises God. KanakaDasa , Bhakta Kumbara Work is worship is the principle of those who practice Karma Yoga. Basavanna realised God in this mode. In Raja Yoga eight steps have been defined to achieve liberation. They are  Yama  Niyama  Asana  Pranayama  Prathyahara  Dharana  Dhyana  Samadhi Let us learn more about the above steps in the next article Mean while let Yoga become a way of our life. Om Shanthi

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