A famous yoga exponent of contemporary time, Aurobindo (1999) defined yoga as “a practical discipline incorporating a wide variety of practices whose goal is the development of a state of mental and physical health, well-being, inner harmony and ultimately a union of the human individual with the universal and transcendent existence”. Consistently, Iyengar (1976) defined yoga as an ancient discipline designed to bring balance and health to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the individual. These two definitions of yoga coined by Aurobindo and Iyengar clearly hint bio-psycho-socio-spiritual efficacies of yoga to attain and maintain total health (physical, mental, social and spiritual health) as an elementary benefit if practiced persistently.
“Yoga Therapy (YT) is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga” (Mohan, 2006). Body, breathing, mind, diet, lifestyle and environment are the six indispensable factors of YT. YT leads to 1) improved muscle mechanics, concentration and postural stability; and work efficiency; 2) purified physique, mind, energy channels and energy centers and 3) paranormal powers and self-realization to mitigate all pros and cons of the human life (Miller, 2013).
Classical Model of YT
As per yoga psychology, for four personalities- emotive, rational, volitional and dynamic, four yogic streams- Bhakti, Gyan, Raj and Karma, are recommended for their optimal development (Satyananda, 2002).
a) Physique: Postures, Optimal Diet, Discipline, Fasting and Pancha Tattwa Sadhana
b) Mind: Pranayam, Gestures, Psychic Locks, Mantra, Tratak, Study of Self-Introspective Literature, Pancha Tanmatra Sadhana
c) Heart: Meditation, Atamabodha, Tattwabodha, Corporate Social Responsibilities
d) Spirit: Donation, Service, Kirtan, Prayer, Soham Sadhana, Nadyog
Aurobindo, S. (1999). The Synthesis of Yoga (5th ed.). Pondicherry, India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department.
Iyengar, B. K. S. (1976). Light on Yoga (2nd ed.). New York: Schocken Books.
Mohan, G. (2006). Exploring yoga as therapy. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 16, 13-19.
Miller, R. (2013). Yoga Therapy: Definition, Perspective and Principles. Retrieved April 19, 2013 from http://www.iayt.org/site_Vx2/publications/articles/miller.aspx
Satyananda, S. (2002). The Four Chapters on Freedom. Mungar, India: The Yoga Publication Trust.
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