Yoga are a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is practised to attain perfect state of body and mind.
Yoga are the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. Yoga physiology describes humans as existing of three bodies and five sheets which cover the atman, and energy flowing through energy channels and concentrated in chakras.
Patanjali is widely regarded as the compiler of the formal yoga philosophy. Patanjali’s writing also became the basis for a system referred to as “Ashtanga Yoga” (“Eight-Limbed Yoga”). This eight-limbed concept derived from the 29th Sutra of the 2nd book, and is a core characteristic of practically every Raja yoga variation taught today. The Eight Limbs are:
- Yama (The five “abstentions”): Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truth, non-lying), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (non-sensuality, celibacy), and Aparigraha (non-possessiveness).
- Niyama (The five “observances”): Shaucha (purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (austerity), Svadhyaya (study of the Vedic scriptures to know about God and the soul), and Ishvara-Pranidhana (surrender to God)
- Asana: Literally means “seat”, and in Patanjali’s Sutras refers to the seated position used for meditation.
- Pranayama (“Suspending Breath”): Prāna, breath, “āyāma”, to restrain or stop. Also interpreted as control of the life force.
- Pratyahara (“Abstraction”): Withdrawal of the sense organs from external objects.
- Dharana (“Concentration”): Fixing the attention on a single object.
- Dhyana (“Meditation”): Intense contemplation of the nature of the object of meditation.
- Samadhi (“Liberation”): merging consciousness with the object of meditation.
Gurus from India introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. This form of yoga is often called Hatha yoga.
We at Chennai Heritage Hospital understand the need of Yoga for every individual in this present days hustle bustled life style hence along with Siddha and Ayurveda we also concentrate on Yoga,meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Asanas.
We have regular classes and demonstrations by experts at our calm and quiet yoga and meditation hall located at the 3rd floor.
Classes are a must for the patient staying in our hospital. Other patients can register priorly and attend the classes regularly. Availing Heritage Health Club membership also entitles one to undergo the classes regularly.