"Yoga is fashionable. By this I mean that he has won the favor of the Great Press ... because read eagerly. "
At the time, it was a question of providing a medical guarantee for Hatha-Yoga through the experiments and studies that had been done by some doctors and especially by the Yoga Institute in Lonavla, India, and at the same time time, to denounce the charlatanism that began to emerge. Hatha-Yoga can be a powerful adjunct to the doctor, as long as it is taught by a trained teacher.
The conception of an ENTITY composed of the body and the spirit goes back to the first ages of the humanity: to each corporal state corresponds a spiritual life and, for its part, each psychic process is accompanied by a physical manifestation. The opposite, namely the action of the body on the mind (performed in Hatha-Yoga by breathing exercises (Prânâyâmâ) and body attitudes (Asanas), constitutes, for the Western countries, a new truth.
The life of modern man has deviated, by force of circumstances, from the conditions indispensable to his physical and moral health. It follows that we are seeing a constant increase in the signs of diseases that are similar to the framework of functional syndromes, that is to say, manifested by disorders of health, which can not always be fully mastered purely in medicine. oriented towards the methods of the natural sciences. The use of the processes and apparatus of modern medicine often gives, in cases of this kind, disappointing results.
The causes of the diseases result not only from the inadequately balanced diet, lack of movement and aggressions of our vital environment, but also, to a large extent in the field of bodily factors, the lack of alternation between tensions and symptoms. relaxations. In this respect, the practice of Hatha-Yoga is a method of relaxation exercises that has been tried and developed over the centuries and provides valuable assistance to medicine. This process is applicable to preventive medicine, autotherapy and rehabilitation, always with the same efficiency.
There is an inalienable reciprocity and a mutual responsibility between the body and the soul; to affirm the body is to affirm the unity behind the body-soul-spirit complex. The body alone can not claim a separate existence from this unity, and any discipline that prepares the body to be the effective promoter of this unity may eventually be a path to self-realization. In this sense, Hatha-Yoga, which is first and foremost a method of making the body a perfect tool, can be called the path of self-realization (Self being the body-soul-spirit complex).
The reciprocity between the body and the soul is made evident by the Prana, a principle of neutral character, not only physical, nor purely spiritual. Hatha-Yoga makes great use of Prana and breathing through the alternating nostrils, following a certain rhythm, as well as the breathing that accompanies the postures. If we can relax the body, it is thanks to the thought (or consciousness) behind the body. When we say "Relax!", Our first reaction is to contract, and then relax. WHY? Because the body reacts first to an instruction, without success. Then thought, which feeds the body, puts the instruction into practice and manages to relax the body. The messenger who elaborates and executes the order of thought is the Prana. In case of illness for example. The Prâna is the guiding thread, which channels our desire for healing.
The yogis affirmed the sacredness of the spine, in the center of which is the "Sushumna", field of any experience of high spiritual quality. Hatha-Yoga advocates several postures that exert the spine.
In summary, Hatha Yoga promotes the spiritual progress of man by controlling the body and mind. The Asanas and the Prâyânâmâ are intended to improve the state of the human body in its physical aspect, while the control of the mind, that is to say, the constructing power of consciousness, promotes the inner strength and develops a positive and optimistic attitude towards life; it wipes out the fear of premature aging and brings serenity.