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Chapter-12 Yoga and General Fitness

BOOK TITLE: Textbook of Preventive Practice and Community Physiotherapy

Author
1. Shaikh Sabir
ISBN
9789352703258
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18047_13
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
12
Author Affiliations
1. KJ Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti, Peetham; NACEN (National Academy of Customs, Excise, and Narcotics), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Chapter keywords
Yoga, health, food, fast, ascetism, Yoga exercise, Hatha Yoga, spine, breathing

Abstract

This chapter deals with the discussion on yoga and general fitness. Yoga is a journey towards inwardness by incessant practice of various techniques leading towards silent meditation; it is the experience of perfect calmness of mind and self knowledge. Hatha Yoga has continued to be practiced in India by several groups who have passed their knowledge from teacher to pupil without disruption for tens of centuries. The hatha yoga techniques are collectively known as Nadi-Shuddhi process, i.e. processes for purifying the nerves and vitalizing the body. Purity in Yoga means calmness or balance, while impurity stands for dullness and restlessness. The Yoga exercises are suitable for all, especially for the needs of people past their youth. They can be done with benefit all through life. The best time for doing the yoga exercises is early morning as well as evening when the body limbers up naturally.

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