Application of yoga therapy to the individual through asanas and pranayam

By Dilip Sarkar

The term “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning yoke or union…

specifically the union of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga views the body as the physiological function of different systems that are treated by allopathic medicine, the mind as the psychology and perception through the five senses treated by psychiatry, and the spirit as the impact of the beliefs and philosophy on our physical body and treated by integrative medicine. These three units can be analogized to cyber-language terms, where the body is the hardware, the mind is the software, and the spirit is the programmer. The mind (the software) controls the physical body (the hardware). By controlling the mind through yogic practice, one can control the physical body and its ailments. In yogic tradition, health is defined as a balance between body, mind, and spirit. By uniting body, mind, and spirit one achieves health and in turn resists disease.

Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and wellbeing through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga.

This yogic philosophy is outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a foundational ancient treatise that describes yoga as “the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind” (yoga chitta vritti nirodha). The practice of yoga is Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga (eight limb yoga), a systemic practice of eight limbs to attain the transformative union of body, mind and spirit in the eighth limb, called samadhi. The first two limbs, yama (social disciplines) and niyama (personal disciplines), control the attitude and the mind. The third limb, asana, is the relaxed external and internal alignment of the physical body while the fourth limb, pranayam, controls one’s breathing to transform the mind. Pratyahara, the fifth limb, controls the five senses and unites them with the mind. The sixth limb, dharana, advocates single-pointed focus on one object to avoid other thoughts in order for one’s prana, or life force, to unite with the mind. The last practice (the seventh limb) is dhyana, or meditation, where a thoughtless mind connects to our individual spirit or soul.

Yoga therapy is evolving into one of the most reliable, authentic and efficient healthcare systems available in society today. Dilip Sakar, MD FACS, CAP, one of the foremost experts in yoga therapy will present: “Health and Wellness Through Yoga and Ayurveda.” The weekend conference is August 16-18 at Hotel Casa Primavera (Salida Real a Querétaro 189-A, San Miguel de Allende). For details contact: or or Lili at 044-415-112-3824.

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