Yoga Therapy

The Yoga Therapy or ‘ yoga-chikitsa’ refers to the treatment of diseases by means of yogic

exercises which may be physical or mental or both. It is a specialised form of yogic culture. This

mode of treatment has been practised in India from very ancient times. Many references to yoga

have been made in the Upanishads. It was, however, Maharishi Patanjali who in about the first

century B.C. gave a systematic account of the traditional yogic teaching.

The term ‘ Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yug’ which means "to join" . It signifies union

between the individual soul (jivatma) and the universal soul (parmatma). It aims at obtaining

relief from pain and suffering. Basically, human evolution takes place on three different planes,

namely physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga is a means of attaining perfect health by maintaining

harmony and achieving optimum functioning on all three levels through complete self-control.

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