"Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.”
Five Points of Yoga
The system of yoga is a simple, natural process involving 5 main principles:
• Proper Exercise • Proper Breathing • Proper Relaxation • Proper Diet • Positive Thinking and Meditation.
acts as a lubricating routine to the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and other
parts of the body by increasing circulation and flexibility.
Health is a state wherein all organs function well under the intelligent control of mind. Yoga
exercises are called ‘Asanas’ which mean steady pose. Asanas are designed to develop the body and
they broaden the mental faculties. They work on the internal machinery of the body, the glands and
the organs as well as the muscles. They affect the deeper and more SUNtle parts of the body. The
ordinary physical exercise emphasizes violent movement of the muscles. It leaves the body
exhausted as a large quantity of Lactic acid is produced during the physical exercise. In the Yoga
asanas , the lactic acid which is produced gets neutralized by the inhalation of oxygen (deep
breathing). Thus, the body feels fresh and rejuvenated after practicing yoga. With the regular
practice of yoga, the practitioner builds strength, stamina and gains more flexibility. The spinal
column houses the all- important nervous system. By maintaining the spine’s flexibility and strength
through yoga, the nerves are ensured their supply of blood and oxygen. One hour of practice gives
one hour of exercise, one hour of deep breathing, one hour of deep relaxation and one hour of
meditation through developing the concentration powers while holding a posture. Hatha yoga, of
which asanas are one limb, is the practical approach to raja yoga.
helps the body in connecting to its battery, the solar plexus, which stores
tremendous amount of energy. When tapped through various breathing techniques, thei energy is
released for physical and mental rejuvenation. Many people get tired very quickly and easily. They are totally unaware of the fact that the fatigue is
caused due to the lack of oxygen in the lungs which is the result of improper breathing. Only a
portion of the lung capacity is being used. The ribcage is barely open. The best way to breathe is to
expand the ribcage fully as you inhale deeply and slowly, take the breath to your abdomen,
abdomen bulges out which ensures that the lowest and largest part of the lungs get to breathe in
every inhale. While you exhale, squeeze the abdomen and the ribcage. This type of breathing is
called the deep abdominal breathing. In this type of breathing, the proper use of Diaphragm is made.
Abdomen should expand as you inhale and contract as you exhale. Breathe in and out slowly. As an
example, try this whenever you climb the staircase. Inhale as you climb the first two steps and
exhale on the next two. In this manner, climbing up becomes quite easy without huffing and puffing.
You expel more carbon dioxide and breathe in a lot of oxygen which keeps the fatigue away.
Remember, with this deep breathing, one can overcome fatigue, depression, tension, headache and
other illnesses. To improve the quality and length of your life, breathe like a tortoise not like a
Modern social life, food, work and even entertainment make it difficult for people
to relax. Rest and relaxation are Nature's way of recharging the mind and the body. Our body usually
produces enough energy necessary for the next day, but this energy is wasted from the body in the
form of anger, irritability, negative thinking, hatred, jealousy, talking, eating food high on oil and
spices etc. During complete relaxation, there is little, or no energy being consumed. A small amount
is kept in circulation while the remaining portion is stored and conserved. When the body is
completely relaxed, awareness of the mind increases. At the mental level, savasana relieves stress
and anxiety. It relaxes the Central nervous system and calms the mind. It also has many physical
benefits. Savasana controls high blood pressure. It reduces insomnia. Regular practice of savasana
gets you rid of headache and fatigue and helps relieve depression. Just a few minutes of savasana is
as refreshing and rejuvenating as 6-7 hours of sleep.
The yogic diet consists of pure, simple, natural foods which are easily digested and
promote health and vitality. The diet should be balanced with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins &
minerals, fats, and fibre. Processed, refined, reheated and overcooked food should be avoided. Eat
food first-hand from nature. The sun is the primary source of energy for all living beings. It nourishes
the plants (the top of the food chain) which are eaten by animals (herbivores or vegetarian) which
are then eaten by other animals (carnivores). The food at the top of the food chain, being directly
nourished by the sun, has the greatest life-promoting properties. So, eat a simple diet of natural
fresh food. The yogic diet will help one attain a high standard of health, and a calm mind.
Positive thinking and Meditation
The above principles govern the state of our mind. If one practices
asanas and pranayama and follows a simple vegetarian diet, the mind becomes calm and the
concentration moves inward, upon the Self. In other words, the mind is ready to meditate.