Jacobs Journal of Yoga and Natural Medicine

ental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga

Published on: 2018-08-22


Yoga, an ancient cultural heritage of India, understands health and well being as a dynamic continuum of human nature and not a mere ‘state’ to be attained and maintained. Yogi Swatmarama, author of the Hathayoga Pradipika, one of the classical Hatha Yoga texts gives us the assurance, “One who tirelessly practises Yoga attains success irrespective of whether they are young, old decrepit, diseased or weak”. Yoga conceptualises the human being as a multi layered, conscious being, possessing three bodies or sharira (sthula-gross, sukshma -subtle and kaarana -causal) and having a five layered existence (pancha kosha) consisting of our anatomical, physiological, psychological, intellectual and universal existential layers. Yoga as a way of conscious living, enables the individual to attain and maintain a dynamic sukha sthanam that may be defined as a dynamic sense of physical, mental and spiritual well being. The Bhagavad Gita (II: 48) defines Yoga as samatvam meaning thereby that Yoga is a harmonious and balanced state of equanimity or equipoise at all levels. This may be also understood as a perfect state of dynamic wellbeing wherein physical homeostasis, emotional balance and mental equanimity manifest in harmony.