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    20 minutes of Yoga is enough to realize its wonders


     E.Rajesh Pathak

    Few months back a report of psychiatric researcher Dr Tim Whitefield on the behaviour of mind with the age flashed in the media. Report says that executive function that deals with one's ability to plan and switch between tasks to achieve our goals gets degenerated with the age. But doing Yoga and meditation only 15 minutes a day one can greatly overcome this deficiency.

    The researches of this kind being continuously conducted indeed boost up the trust on the Yoga. But this is also a truth that this might be a new discovery for the , for the it's nothing more than to be getting reminded about the benefits of yoga in one more newer way.

    Those who studied yoga, and themselves practise it they have already defined it respectively in their own ways . As Niranjananand Saraswati of Bihar schools of Yoga, Munger, says- ‘Wellness through Yoga and growth in talent from it both are possible.' And they who hold doubts regarding spiritual aspect of Yoga, Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Yog [Coimbatore]   has very revealing answer for them- ‘Yogis are not against pleasure. It is just that they are unwilling to settle for little pleasure. To remain calm, to remain in an extreme sense of pleasure all the time is available to every human being. The science of Yoga gives this pleasure to you.' It is because of this that all the religions, particularly which are metaphysically Indian, gave so much importance to yoga. In Hinduism the name of Patanjali is known as such yogi that formulated Yoga into ‘Ashtang Yog'. He calls Yoga a  best way to bring  about ‘control in psychic tendencies'[chithavruti nirodh]; ‘perfection in action'; ‘sense of equality in the life' and ‘calmness of  the mind'.

    As also in Jainism, Rishabhadev is worshipped as a first yogi.  Up to Mahavir Swami there had been  overall 24 teerthankaras in Jainism. There statues are found in the yogic posture of either ‘Padmasana' or ‘Khadgasana'. Concentrating on the front tip of nose is a principle method of meditation in Jainism, and it is called ‘Nasagre drushti'. Likewise ‘Kayaotsarg' is its prominent feature of Yoga in which physical body is made to be perished willingly by munies and sadhvies. Jain acharya Shubhchandra made a very fine analysis of  Yoga-Pranayama in his book, ‘Gyanarnav'; and based upon life-science ‘Prekshadhyan' is a rare method of meditation given by one more Jain muni, Acharya Mahapragya. And where basic mantra of Jainism is ‘Om namha sidhabhya', ‘१ॐ'[ One Omkara] is that of Sikhism. The yogic terms like ‘Ida','Pingla' and ‘Sushmna' are amply mentioned elsewhere in Guru Granth Sahib. Even as Prophet of Sikhism, Guru Nanakdev preached to   preferring ‘Sahaj Yog'to‘Hathayog. ‘Realise the elements of Yoga'- he preaches in Guru Granth Sahib.

    ‘Shivyog' says during breathing process when we inhale air it makes pause inside for 1000 parts of a second, and when it comes out it again makes pause likewise. If we stay conscious to it we will get realisation of our existence. Gautam Budha adopted this technique, which came into being as ‘Vipasyana'.

    Notably, hundreds of year back what our different sects preached that has begun to be scientifically confirmed by Allopath medical experts of modern days. ‘Yoga makes me feel more energetic, sleep better and also enhances perception of smell, taste and intuition. I meditate daily for 20 minutes and it works wonders for me.' –Dr. Abhay Bhagwat, a neurologist



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