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With yoga, we can get rid of several psychosomatic illnesses, says MOHAN BHANDARI to PRITI AGRAWAL

More than 5,000 years ago, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras had suggested that most of our problems are caused by our wayward senses and the demands of the mind. Now modern science has also corroborated this fact — telling us that psychosomatic diseases that so many are suffering from now are diseases created by the mind that manifest at a physical and mental level. One in four people in the world are affected by mental problems at some point in their lives. According to WHO — around 450 million people are currently suffering from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. It has been suggested that if we follow a yoga routine, we can overcome many of the sufferings that have been created by our mind.
Yoga is all about a healthy body and calm mind. It is a science and gives us perfect methods on how to control our mind.
Mohan Bhandari, director of Yogic Yoga, says, “You may practise yoga for one hour or three, but what is most important is how these couple of hours of yoga practice impact the rest of your day. A good practice can have a positive impact of up to 48 hours. That means that a student who practises yoga will find that his mind stays calm and that his intellect is sharp for the next two days! They can think better and right way, their judgement powers improve. It helps student to handle challenging situations peacefully.”
He says that our mind is a prisoner of either the past or the future, and finds it difficult to focus on the present. If we keep the mind in the present, the mind is unable to control us — rather, we start controlling the mind. But it is difficult to keep the mind in the present forever. In today’s fast moving pace of life, most of us resort to multitasking all the time.
For instance, we call when we are driving and make our plans for the day. While watching television, we eat our food, check our emails and message on What’s App, or talk. This has really impacted our mental health and in this rush, we are losing out on the connection with the present moment.
We need to be mindful all the time — and this can be realised by regular yogic and meditative practice, which brings back the attention to our own self.
“Yoga teaches us how to be attached and detached from an object. When we are working, we must be 100 per cent attached with our work and detached from all other things, so that we can work better. Once you finish work, become completely detached from your work and become one with your family — only then can you maintain the perfect work-life balance that means happy both at the office and also at home with the family. This may sound simple, but it is not.
When a person practises asanas, pranayama, and meditation, he starts knowing how to be attached and detached from objects and how to live in the moment. To know how to be attached and detached from a specific object is in itself, an art,” says Bhandari.
One can move on the yogic path — from the physical to the spiritual. It is natural progression that whoever practises yoga for a long time will move eventually to a spiritual way of life.
Says Bhandari: “Yoga has the quality to make our mind quiet and when the mind is quiet, our intellect becomes sharp and we take the right decisions in life. People first perform their actions at the physical or speech level, and only then ponder to think if their action was right or wrong. But after practising yoga, their awareness level increases and they think about the consequences of their action before doing it. And bit by bit, they change, avoiding wrong actions, habits and behaviours, moving towards a comprehensive and happy life. You can call this a spiritual life.” n
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