Yoga FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)
By Megha Brahmankar

What is Yoga? Is yoga a religion? Has it been “proved” that Yoga is good for you? What are the benefits of yoga? When should a patient take Yoga Treatment? Which are the diseases that can be cured by Yoga? How many styles of yoga are there? Will yoga help me to reduce weight? Should women do Yoga during menses? Yoga during pregnancy?

What is Yoga? Yoga is a psycho-physical discipline with roots going back about 5,000 years designed by the ancient Indian seers in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment. These days the focus is often on the more down-to-earth benefits of Yoga, including improved physical fitness, mental clarity, greater self-understanding, stress control, and general well-being. Though in the West today, “yoga” has come to refer, in the main, to the physical stretching poses or “asana” that is one part of the yoga.

Is yoga a religion? No. Yoga developed in India alongside Hinduism and also has influenced and been influenced by Buddhism and Jainism. But yoga is not itself a religion. The physical and psychological benefits of Yoga are real and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, color. Yoga encourages each person to explore his or her consciousness. Today many branches of yoga are practiced across the globe.

Yoga teachers differ widely in the extent to which they incorporate such elements as chanting and meditation into their teaching, so spiritual practices do form some part of many yoga classes. To attain the supper consciousness is the goal of all yoga but spiritual principles may be either implicit or explicit in a given teacher’s approach to teaching. Regardless of whether you choose to incorporate the spiritual aspect, the benefits of Yoga are real. Yoga is truly universal. Most people find that they can practice Yoga without any conflict with their religious beliefs.

Has it been “proved” that Yoga is good for you? Studies in the United States and India suggest that Yoga can help conditions such as stress, anxiety, and even epilepsy. Western science has been studying yoga for nearly 50 years and evidence suggests numerous physical and psychological benefits.

What are the benefits of yoga? Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina. Lowers fat, Improves circulation, Stimulates the immune system keeps one young. Younger biological age i.e. one is younger than one’s chronological age. Lowers levels of cortisol, lactate, cholesterol etc… Maintains blood pressure. And that’s just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary to yoga’s original purpose.

Reduces stress and tension, anxiety, depression, irritability and moodiness. Boosts self esteem, Improves concentration and creativity Heals old traumas Increases brain wave coherence. Improves comprehensive ability and memory. Enhances emotional stability. Brings happiness and leads to vitality and rejuvenation. Promotes an interdependence between mind, body, and spirit. Helps you live the concept of oneness. Sets one free from one’s illusions and preconceptions that prevents from fulfilling oneself. Attains the union between a person’s own consciousness and the cosmic consciousness.

When should a patient take Yoga Treatment? When a Patient needs quick relief he takes Allopathic ,Ayurveda or Homeopathy treatment. But when such treatment does not bring in the required effect a patient takes Yoga Treatment because these treatments cure without medicine.

How many styles of yoga are there? Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Tantra Yoga are considered the main yogas, but there are many other types. The various yoga practices are a methodology for reaching the same destination.

What is the meaning of Asana? Asana is a steady and comfortable posture of body.<