ROLE OF YOGA IN PROMOTION OF HEALTH – A REVIEW
*Dr. Sowmya M. N., Dr. Komala and Dr. Sankana Gowda Patil
Man is in a constant pursuit for health, happiness and peace, since ages. Even then attainment of ultimate bliss is very difficult task, which is the key to health, success and salvation. Yoga is the secret behind the long healthy life of our ancient seers. Health is a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely absence of disease or infirmity. To achieve complete state of health yoga means a lot. Yoga is a systematic conscious process for accelerating the growth of a human being from animal level and ultimately to divinity. As our body is covered by Pancha Koshas (five layers/ sheath) each layers helps to maintain health. Annamaya kosha is the first layer purified by following moderate balanced diet, Shadkriyas and Asanas promotes physical health. Whereas Pranamaya and Manomaya kosha helps keep the mind in a balanced condition through Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas Dharana, Dhyana. Vignanamaya Kosha balance state is achieved through the practice of Dharana, Dhyana. Anandamaya is last layer state of bliss can obtain through Yoga. Hence overall state of health is attained through the practice of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, mudras, Bandhas, Pratyahaara, Dharana, Dhyana.
Keywords: Koshas, Yoga, Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vignamaya, Anandamaya.
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