This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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(Hatha) Yoga, health and healing

Abha Singh — P.P.N. College, Kanpur.

Yoga means to control and concentrate the body and mind. The word yoga literally means ‘union’ and therefore the basic aim of all kinds of yoga is the realization of the divine and the realization of unity. The restoration of the original unity or atmanubhuti is the aim of yoga. Sri Aurobindo stated that “Yoga implies not only the realization of God but an entire concentration and change of the inner and outer life till it is fit to manifest a divine consciousness and become part of a divine work”. Practice of hatha yoga is making up for karma, taking a little physical discomfort, out of your own choice so that the seeds sown in the soil of mind come to fruition and get paid off very quickly In hatha yoga mulbandh. uddyanbandh and jalandharbandh are important for good health. For mental balance suryan namaskar, pawanmuktasan, gamuphasan, padmasan, simhasan, sarvangasan, and pranayam like nadi shodhan, bhastrika, ujjayi are useful. According to Pt. Sri Ram Sharma “Psychology is a state of higher spirituality”. ‘Self knowledge’ is an important aim of Indian Psychology. At this juncture, it is a time to re-think and re-evaluate Indian Psychology. Definitely we should study, understand and practice Indian psychology. Now even in this modern world, relevance of the ‘(hatha) yoga, health, and healing’ is proving true.

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