Yoga Treatment

Yoga Treatment In Siddha

The Siddha system included not only medicine and alchemy but also yoga and philosophy. Yoga literally means union. It is the means by which is obtained omniscience and the power of achieving and controlling mighty things. It is an applied science, a systemised collection of laws applied to bring abut a definite end. Siddha science acknowledges 64 kinds of Yoga. Thirumolar and Pathanjali among the 18 Siddhars wrote a lot about Yogasanas, importance of pranayama, suryanamaskar and meditation were well dealt in Siddha. Yoga is the part of 96 basic Siddha fundamentals (96 thaththuvams) and the eight elements in Yoga – eyama, niyama, asana, pranayama, prathyagara, tharani, thiyanam and samadhi.

Yoga originated thousand of years ago in South India as a technique to help people achieve spiritual enlightenment. The ancient Tamil Siddhars developed yoga gained their knowledge through deep meditation and thus arousing the serpent power that is hidden within humans. Today, people practice yoga to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well – being through out the world. It maintains the ratio of Vatha, Pitta and Kapha, thus maintaining the healthy state of the body. This also brings back normal functioning of the organs. Most forms of yoga involve physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation.

Life is propelled by Prana Vayu (Oxygen). It gives life energy to the 72,000 naadi (nerves) found in the human body. The Siddha science of breath is known as vasi (the practice of correct breathing). There are different phases in science of breath – physical, mental and spiritual. The kind of controlled breathing is the scientific method of charging one’s self with vitality and personal magnetism and it is known to the ancients as pranayama. Poorakam (inspiration), rechagam (expiration) and kumbagam(suppression) are the three inevitable steps in pranayamam.

Prana – Life energy or life force + Yamam – Control or discipline. Pranayamam– the science of breath control techniques are intended to purify and hence cleanse the body’s energy channels. Practicing yoga is generally safe, but take it easy in first few classes, there’s no reason to push beyond your limits, since some poses can aggravate injuries.

Generally Yoga strengthens and tones muscle, improves balance and flexibility and increases blood flow and vitality. It’s also a great way to reduce stress, lowers chemicals in the blood stream associated with anxiety and triggers other physiological relaxation responses. Hormonal changes that come along with menopause are one more reason why a woman has to cope with increased levels of stress. Siddha science also tells us that man generally takes 15 breaths a minute and thus makes 21,600 breaths a day and at this rate he can live for a period of at least 120 years.

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