In the present times, Yoga has increasingly been accepted as a way of life the world over. Based on an ancient philosophy of uniting the human spirit or consciousness with the Divine, Yoga today has become more prevalent as a form of exercise based on specific postures, or asanas.
In Preksha Meditation, yogasanas or yogic exercises, are an essential component which assist the individual in attaining the deeper levels of meditation. While it is a proven and accepted fact that the regular practice of yoga can bring about physical transformation, the aim and objective of yoga is more holistic. Yoga helps the practitioner attain mental, physical and spiritual well-being, curing from within. At the same time, it prepares the body and mind for deep meditation and helps in the attainment of mental strength and enhances intuitive powers.
Yogasana is a crucial aspect of Preksha Meditation’s base philosophy of providing holistic cure from within, bringing about a positive transformation in the individual. The physical exercises of yoga go hand in hand with meditation in Preksha. For instance, yogic exercises, when performed along with meditation, can neutralize the digestive system and enhance its functioning. Similarly, meditation and yoga together can help regulate our emotions by awakening the various psychic centres or chakras and regulate the neuroendocrine system, which in turn keeps the negative emotions away and fosters positive thoughts and actions.
In Jain meditation, yoga practices and exercises are first practiced in lying down position which consumes less energy. Subsequently, as the body becomes accustomed to the practice, asanas in sitting or standing position may be taken up with higher levels of energy consumption.
Benefits of Yoga
The regular practice of yoga along with meditation offers several long-term benefits to the practitioner:
- Improved physical and mental health
- Stronger immune system
- Regulates the functioning of vital body organs
- Enhances self-esteem and alertness of the brain and mind
- Imparts discipline
While a certain discipline must be maintained in the practice of yoga, it is perfectly safe to be practiced by any individual for attaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. However, for beginners, it is advisable to begin the practice of yoga only under the guidance and supervision of a trained guru.
At the Kendra, yoga healing is conducted in the following sessions:
- Yoga therapy classes
- General fitness classes
- Individual yogic healing