Importance of and Need
to Complement Conventional Treatment with Yoga Therapy
- Physical body (Annamaya kosam)
Today most of the normal ailments of human beings are
recognized as psychosomatic, that is, lack of integration
between the mind and body, and poor interaction between
them leads to bodily ailments.
- It is true that ailments in human being can be due to
external attacks by bacteria, viruses, etc. It can also
be due to poison or injection of substances not suitable
for the body. Ailments can also be due to environmental
conditions and violent changes in environment. Some
of the ailments are caused by pollution (air pollution,
water pollution, soil pollution, etc.) It is also known
that many diseases are related to genetic disorders.
The list is long.
- However, why is it that when the same viruses and bacteria
are present all around, only some get affected and some
do not? The answer lies in the ability of the body to
adapt to changes in the environment.
- It is recognized that our body has been designed as
a flexible / adaptive instrument, which can quickly
adapt to changes in various conditions. Yoga is a tool,
which enables quick body adaptation to challenging conditions
and constant renewal of the body being subjected to
severe external attacks.
- Practice of Yoga enables the mind to be prepared to
face serious negative situations and makes the body
flexible to go through tough conditions with ease.
- The term yoga means integration. The integration is
mainly of the mind and body, but also of the multiple
bodies that the human being possesses, as per Vedic
- Vedic thought recognizes not just one single human body
- that is, the physical body, but a set of bodies that
work together and enable the physical body to function
properly. The other bodies which are holding the various
biological systems and the various cells of the body
together are -
- Pranic body (Pranamaya kosam)
- Mind (Manamaya kosam)
- The programmed model of the body (which is used as
the benchmark as per which the restoration of the body
takes place after any problems that change the body
shape, condition etc. are overcome) - What is today
known as genetic programme of the human body. (Vignanamaya
kosam) this is recognized as body in itself and acts
as the benchmark for growth of various organs and body
shape and size from the womb to post teen age long after
- Bodily radiance (Anandamaya kosam) - it can also be
considered as the set of 'satisfiers' that drive all
human beings and their bodily functions. The variations
in this body are reflected as variations in personality
traits and drivers of individuals.
- Soul (Atma)
The soul is said to drive each one of the lower levels
through various stages right up to the physical body.
Yoga aims to integrate the physical body with the mind
and the pranic bodies.
Yoga can be practised in three forms
Types of Yoga:
- Physical Yoga (Yogasanas)
- Pranic Yoga consisting of Pranayama, Mudra (body postures)
and Bandha (holding certain organs tight).
- Mind level yoga consisting of various kinds of meditation,
yogic sleep (yoga nidra), visual imagery (chidakasa
- Out of these, in the high speed modern days, yoga nidra
is found to be highly effective, along with different
- For patients practicing yoga, the body and soul get
ready and well prepared to receive the medical treatment
- modern medicine or any other alternative or complementary
- With practice of yoga, the speed of recovery of patients
would be much higher.
Depending upon the type of disease and the strength
of the body, different practices can be recommended.
- For people, who are in good health, a combination of
physical yogasanas - carefully chosen as per the specific
needs of the patient - , pranayama and meditation to
get the best benefits is recommended. If the work atmosphere
is highly stressful, he or she should practice daily
- It is known that migraine, constant pain and low level
of bodily immunity, external attack of viruses, bacteria,
etc. can be controlled with the practice of yogasanas
combined with pranayama and meditation.
- I would like to highlight one particular form of yogic
practice, which increases the immunity level of both
patients and non-patients, which is called yoga Nidra.
Yogic sleep can be termed in clinical terminology as
Psycho-neuro-immuno-therapy. In this patient need not
have to do any special exercise. His body is at deep
rest as if he is in deep sleep. The mind and the brain
are not at sleep and are fully awake. The brain waves
of very low stress are released - that is, predominantly
deep sleep type of brain waves are released (low frequency
alpha rays?? - to be rechecked)
- While doing Yoga Nidra the mind is fully awake while
the body is in deep sleep. Attention is rotated around
various organs of body, joints and the neural and blood
flows, etc. Depending upon the need of the patient,
or the healthy individual, the organ/s, which are affected
are paid special attention to and softly yellow glowing
prana or red glowing prana is allowed to caress around
the organ. The message for the ailment is given softly
to release the body from the problem. This is found
to be very effective. At the end of the so called "Tour
of the Mind", the mind is taken outside the body
and beyond to rest in very satisfying and happy environmental
conditions like moonlight, lakes, forests, sunrise,
places of worship that gives satisfaction to the person
- At the end of the yoga Nidra session, the mind is brought
back into the body and the normal behaviour is resumed.
- As part of the yoga Nidra, often the practice of Chidakasa
Dharana (yogic visualization) is recommended. In yogic
visualization, the mind is made to visualize extremely
positive situations in respect of the afflicted part
of the body. For example, in case of lung cancer, we
can visualise the lungs to be in good condition and
fully recovered and performing well.. As part of the
Chidakasa Dharana the pranic power in bright yellow
/ red colours is allowed to be used. Surprisingly its
practice reduces the problem with the organ concerned.
Even though the relief may be marginal in some cases,
because there are no negative effects, it should be
practiced. Over time it improves the quality of life
- Today practice of yoga is being accepted worldwide particularly
in western countries. To include it as adjuvant to conventional
therapy, would speed up the recovery, reduce possibility
of unrest and definitely improve the quality of life.
Brief notes on Yoga Nidra and Chidakasa Dharana are