Hatha yoga

In this growing era, some unprecedented diseases have taken over our physical bodies, for which allopathy and naturopathy have no permanent cure. Here comes hatha yoga for the rescue of humanity from some of these deadly diseases using some simple laws of nature.

Hatha yoga is a method of preparing the system for spiritual

awakening but it is also a very important science of health. Since

ancient times it has been used by yogis and rishis for the relief and

elimination of all kinds of diseases and defects. It is true that the

practices require more time and effort on the part of the patient than

conventional therapies, but in terms of permanent, positive results, as

well as saving the enormous expenditure on medicines, they are

certainly more worthwhile.

What makes this method of treatment so powerful and effective is

the fact that it works according to the principles of harmony and

unification, rather than diversity. The three important principles on

which physical and mental therapy is based are as follows:

1. Conferring absolute health to one part or system of the body

thereby influencing the rest of the body.

2. Balancing the positive and negative energy poles (ida/pingala,

prana/apana).

3. Purifying the body of the three types of wastes (doshas).

The Law of nature

If you have fifteen grandfather clocks together on the same wall,

all with pendulums of identical length and weight, you will notice that

after some time all the pendulums become synchronized in their

movements. This occurs quite naturally according to the law of mutual

rhythms and vibrations. In this physical body, the various organs and systems all have

their own functions to carry out. But there should be complete

coordination between them. If any of the organs or systems of the body

are not able to coordinate with each other, it means that not one but all

the systems and organs are unbalanced. Thus, in any sickness, whether

physical or mental, every system is out of coordination.

According to the law of mutual rhythms, all you have to do in

order to regain the health of the whole system is to bring one organ or

system to a state of health. Then all the others will naturally follow suit.

Ill health of one system creates ill health in the rest of the both.

You cannot say that your stomach is bad and everything else is alright.

Therefore, a sick person with a number of ailments should generally be

given treatment for only one of them. If you are able to create health in

one system of this body, gradually the whole body begins to improve.

This is how hatha yoga therapy should be prescribed.

Most yoga teachers today, however, do not follow this system.

Depending on their knowledge of medical diagnosis, they make a very

long list of practices — one for constipation, one for nosebleeds, one

for something else. They think that by teaching a sick person various

hatha yoga techniques for his different ailments, he will get better.

Their system is based on the popular concept that various diseases

belong to different groups, which does not take into account the

interrelationship of all the organs and systems.

Conserving energy in this physical body is another important

aspect of health which has been ignored by most of the healing

sciences. We have given so much importance to nutrition, but we have

missed the real source of energy, which is inherent. This energy is

something like positive and negative electrical charges pulsating

throughout. The correct balance of these opposite forms of energy

creates good health. Whenever these positive and negative flows are

suppressed, blocked, dissipated or poorly distributed, disease

inevitably results.

The different organs and systems of the body do not subsist merely

on food and vitamins. The main source of energy in life is these

plus/minus or positive/negative charges. Therefore, the science of

physical and mental harmony is known as hatha yoga.

Physical and mental therapy is one of the most important

achievements of hatha yoga. So far, hatha yoga has succeeded in diseases

like asthma, diabetes and blood pressure where modern science has not.

Besides this, hatha yoga has proved very effective in cases of epilepsy,

hysteria, rheumatism and many other ailments of a chronic and

constitutional nature. In fact, we have found that most diseases of a

chronic and constitutional nature can definitely be reversed through hatha

yoga.

The psychic and mental diseases which human beings are suffering

from are nothing but a state of disharmony in the energetic system. In

order to alleviate them we will have to take a new look at our body and

enlarge the dimension of modern medical science. We will have to

redefine the body, the classification of disease and the system of

diagnosis.

What is being discovered more recently is that asana and pranayama

are more powerful and effective ways of controlling the whole body.

They are the first steps in allowing us to not only alter the mechanisms of

one element, but to gain control over the total structure of the brain and

mind, the controlling system which allows us to direct every aspect of our

lives, and the energy within that.

The real purpose of hatha yoga

In the last forty years hatha yoga has been accepted as a therapeutic

science all over the world and many scientific studies have been

conducted in this field. Today we teach yoga to people because it is very

necessary. Man has become sick and medical science is not able to meet

the challenge. Hatha yoga, however, has been helping everybody.

Therefore, we do not want to discourage this aspect, but at the same time

we should not forget what hatha yoga really stands for.

Behind every sick man there is a spiritual man. Behind a

diabetic there is a yogi. Behind a man suffering from depression

there is an aspirant. When a patient comes for help, teach him yoga

and make him better. Treat his sickness, but do not stop there. Take

him further into the spiritual domain of life.

This is the mistake that most yoga teachers make in the West.

They just take a patient with arthritis, rheumatism or insomnia, teach

him a few exercises and that is it. Hatha yoga has not been used to

treat the total personality. This is why teachers are not able to raise

the level of their pupils. Just to improve the physical health is not

enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must

change, the personality must change, the psychological and the

psychic framework also has to change. You should not merely feel

freedom from disease, but freedom from bondage and from the

vagaries of the mind. Now, the time has come when teachers in

every part of the world must understand and transmit the true spirit

of hatha yoga.

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