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									Yoga for wellness

      Dr. Pranav Pandya, MD
      Chancellor : Dev Sanskriti University, Himalayas
the result of Sagacious wisdom and
insight of Ancient Rishis of Himalayas in :
 Ethics and
WHO defined (1948) health as state of
physical, mental and social well-being and
not merely absence of disease

Spiritual dimension was added much later.
Role of spirituality in Modern conventional
system of medicine has been neglected
since its inception
   Applied Science of Existence

The Sun
Adhibhautik – The visible source of heat and light
Adhidaivik – Bestower of Life, Prana
Adhyatmik – The Source of Consciousness
Applied Science of Existence

Sthool (Gross)
Sukshma (Subtle)
Karan (Causal)
Yog For
Body, Mind, Spirit
(Consciousness) continuum
 Yog is ―the‖ science of strengthening
 and improving wellness

  Physical – Through Asnas and Pranayam
  Mental – Through Pranayam and Meditation
  Spiritual – Meditation & Samadhi
Yogasanas basically perform five functions:

 Conative (Voluntary exercise of the organs of action)
 Cognitive (Purposeful channelization of positive energy)

The postures are designed to release tension,
improve flexibility and maximize the flow of
vital energy

Thereby affecting the various interrelated
channels (nadis) of the mind-body complex
Benefits of Yogasanas

The regular practice of yogasanas has an immense
amount of therapeutic value
Regular practice helps to keep our body fit, controls
metabolism, thereby cholesterol and sugar level,
reduces weight, normalizes blood pressure and
improves heart performance
Physical fitness thus achieved leads to reduction of
physical stress and greater vitality
   Medicinal Effects Of Yoga

  The thyroid, pancreas and all other
hormone secreting glands are stimulated
by postures (asanas) and kriyas if we do
             them regularly
   ‘Prana’ is the Vital Cosmic Energy
   ‘Aayam’ implies dimension

Pranayam thus means go into dimension of
Prana and try to exercise in it. It is much
more than mere deep breathing
                     (The mind-body continuum)
Pranayama is the control of the Prana and the
         vital forces of the body.

   Pranayama is the perfect control of the life-currents through
   control of breath

 Breath is external manifestation of the
 gross Prana.

A correct habit of breathing must be
established by the regular practice of
Basic Rules for Pranayam
  Environment should be clean fresh and
  The posture should be sitting with straight back or
  sukh asana
  Appropriate time is the early morning (one hour
  before and one hour after sunrise)
  Stomach should be kept empty
  Restrict negative thoughts
  Keep your mind busy in creative works & be
  Perform meditation with Pranayam

The purpose of meditation is to bring inner
   equilibrium by regulating our intricate
 network of neuronal system, chakras and
    small and big plexuses (upatyikas)

A cleanser of our mental garbage
Our day to day necessecity

It gives relief from mental constipation
Research on Effect of Meditation

Using tools of modern neuroscience like :
• rCBF (regional Cerebral Blood Flow)
• real time MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
• MEG (magnetoencephalography) &
• Improved EEG (electoencephalography)

neuroscientists are now able to better understand
the effects of meditation on the brain.
Research on Effect of Meditation

Now we solid scientific evidence that meditation
fundamentally changes the way our brain
functions and even alters the physical structure
of the brain itself.
During study meditators, trained monks, showed
high-frequency gamma waves, a brain wave
pattern associated with higher mental activity,
perception and consciousness.

The gamma wave frequency was higher than
normal even before they started meditating. This
suggests that the impact of meditation on the
brain waves is permanent and not limited to the
meditation session itself.
The monks‘ brains showed more and unusually
powerful gamma waves compared to a control
group consisting of volunteers without previous
meditation experience.

The higher the meditation experience, the higher
were the levels of gamma waves. Some
experienced monks showed the most powerful
gamma waves ever to be documented in a human
being. In the control group without previous
meditation experience, the increases in gamma
waves were only slight.
The mind can be trained through meditation.
Mental training changes the brain, improving its
capacity for awareness, happiness and

Further research showed that meditation can
change structure of the brain itself.
A new study found that meditation not only
changes the physical structure of the brain, it even
increases the size of the brain.

Regular meditation increases the thickness of
those brain areas connected with cognition and
emotional processing and well-being. These
sections of the cortex, or thinking cap, normally
get thinner with age.
These findings are consistent with other studies
that showed how the corresponding areas of the
brain grow thicker with repeated practice.

Thus, a musician has a thicker ‗music area‘,
A dancer a thickened ‗motor skills area‘ and so on.

the thinning of the grey matter of the brain is
normally part of the aging process and that her
study would therefore suggest that meditation can
play an important role in reversing some of the
negative effects of aging,
Role of Consciousness

When we wake-up in the morning our brain has
our mind up and about—more or less.

But ―who‖ is waking up? And what is

Waking-up often feels as if we‘ve been away and
the mind is returning to the body.

If so, where was it?
Role of Consciousness

Consciousness is one of the great unsolved
puzzles of neuroscience.

We know it when we experience it.
But what is it? And what is the source of its

The problem is so challenging that
it was left to philosophers. And science is still
unable to answer.
Meditation –
Ultimate tool to connect with the
Source of Consciousness

 Implies concentration of conscious
 mind. Focus it on unconscious –
 integrate both – go towards super
 conscious and establish on it. This is
 whole of meditation - Sri Aurobindo
Subconscious is just like a black box of
cockpit. The moment we start meditation
we start viewing all our previous samskars
and our good/bad deeds. One should not
be scared at this level.
Going one step further Yog-Sutra defines
the state of Samadhi – oneness with the
source of consciousness
Achievements of meditation.

 Enhanced memory,
 Muscular relaxation,
 Mental equipoise
 Inner calmness
 Increased awareness
 Cheerfulness all the time
 Disappearance of jealousy – lust and other vices
 Behavioural modification
 Psi qualities.
 Enhanced neural coordination
Applied Yog
   Medicinal Effects Of Yoga

 Scientific studies in Svyoma and DSVV
reveal that all incurable ailments could be
   treated by yogic kriyas, asanas and
           varieties of meditation
      Medicinal Effects Of Yoga
Followed properly under the right direction:

     All yoga disciplines regulate the
     neurohormonal receptors, thereby
   controlling all secretions responsible for
      inner awakening and blissful joy
     Medicinal Effects Of Yoga

Neurophysiologists say that 5HT, serotonine
      and noradrenaline levels rise with
 posture/pranayam and bandh while serum
           cortisol level decreases
Yoga Therapy

The aging process, which is largely an artificial
condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or
self-poisoning, can be slowed down by practicing

By keeping the body clean, flexible and well
lubricated, we can significantly reduce the
catabolic process of cell deterioration.
Yoga Therapy also Involves

 Dietary Recommendation
 Regularization of Routine
 Proper Environment
Yoga Therapy
Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and
meditation can help ailments such as :
Blood pressure,
Digestive disorders,
Arteriosclerosis and Degenerative Disorders
Chronic fatigue Syndrome
Asthma, varicose veins and ALL Heart conditions
Psychosomatic and somatoPsychic Disorders
Yoga Therapy

According to medical scientists:

Yoga therapy is successful because of the
balance created in the nervous and endocrine
systems. It works on network pathology

Yoga acts both as a curative and preventive
Yoga for Stress and insomnia

Asanas : Sandhi Sanchalan, Tadasana,
Katichakrasana, Shavasana, Siddhasana,
Padmasana, Gomukhasana, Vajrasana,
Sarvanagasana, Matsyasana and Shavasana

Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Bhramari, Ujjai

Kriyas : Jal Neti, Vaman, Kapalbhati

Special Practices : Yog Nidra, Gayatri Mantra Jap
Yoga for Depression

Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Pragya Yog,
Shavasana, Marjariasana, Gomukhasana,
Simhasana, Siddhasana

Pranayam : Bhastrika and Nadi Shodhan

Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Jal Neti and Vaman

Special Practices : Mahamrityunjaya Jap and
Chanting of OM
Yoga for Hypertension

Asanas : Sandhi Sanchalana, Tadasana,
Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana, Shavasana,
Sarpasana, Makarasana

Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Ujjai, Sheetali and

Kriyas : Kapalbhati and Jal Neti

Special Practices : Walk slowly for few minutes and
meditate regularly
Yoga for Diabetes
Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana,
Surya Namaskar, Shavasana, Sarpasana, Udar
Sanchalan practice, Shaktibandha, Halasana,
Vakrasana and Bhunjangasana

Pranayam : Bhastrika, Nadi Shodhan, Sheetali and

Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Jal Neti, Vaman and Laghu
Shankha Prakshalana

Special Practices : Yog Nidra and So-Ham Sadhana
Yoga for Asthma
Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana,
Marjariasana, Bhunjangasana,
Shavasana, Surya Namaskar, Makarasana,
Gomukhasana, Dhanurasana

Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Bhastrika, Suryabhedan i

Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Jal Neti, Kunjal

Special Practices : Yog Nidra and So-Ham Sadhana
Yoga for Obesity
Asanas : Tadasana, Tiryatadasana, Katichakrasana,
Marjariasana, Bhunjangasana,
Shavasana, Surya Namaskar, Makarasana,
Gomukhasana, Dhanurasana

Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Bhastrika, Suryabhedan,

Kriyas : Kapalbhati, Kunjal Laghu

Special Practices : Yog Nidra
Yoga for Spondilitis and Backache
Asanas : Sandhi Sanchalana, Marjariasana,
Makarasana, Bhunjangasana, Ardha Shalabhasana,
Vajrasana, Sarpasana, Pragya Yoga,

Pranayam : Nadi Shodhan, Ujjai, Bhramari

Kriyas : Kapalbhati,Jal Neti, Vaman, Laghu
Surya Namaskar

Pragya yog


Gatiyog(Dynamic Yoga)
Psychological Benefits

 Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity
 and calmness, increases body awareness,
 relieves chronic stresses, relaxes the mind,
centers attention and sharpens concentration
            ,brings total equipoise
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