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To most people, Yoga is the practice of difficult postures (asanas). To others – Yoga is meditation (dhyana). Some identify it as renunciation (vairagya) – practice it after your retire! A few associate it as a way to gain some powers (siddhis). Yes! Yoga has these facets, but it is much, much more.

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1. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' – to yoke, join, union. So yoga means 'union of the individual consciousness with universal consciousness.
2. In the Gita, Shri Krishna says: "Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam" – 'Yoga is Skillfulness in Action'.
3. In the oldest Yoga text – 'The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Vyasa the first commentator on it says, "yogah samadhih" – 'yoga is concentration'..
In the 2,500 year old text Yoga Sutra – Patanjali clearly states, "Yogash chitta vritti nirodhah" – "Yoga is the control of the modifications of the mind." Very boldly it asserts that, we can completely control our mind. We can completely understand our mind. We can completely conquer our mind. It is a phenomenal statement to make.
If you wish to be free. If you wish to be a liberated being. This is the highest reason, why you should control your mind. For the worldly person – only if we can understand, train, control, and eventually conquer the mind – can we be truly happy, successful, healthy, and wealthy!
There is perhaps, no better system available, other than Yoga to help us control the mind. It is systematic. It is foolproof. It is complete. It has stood the test of time. It is time honored – more than 6,000 years old.
At each step, one needs guidance – from an experienced teacher and eventually a sadguru – realized master.
20% - 25% fall in mortality rate. Blood Pressure Reduction of 10mm of Hg. in systolic pressure. Reduction of 20 mm of Hg. in diastolic pressure. 9% reduction in angina symptoms. 50% risk of developing diabetes is reduced. This justifies the loosing weight does help.
The Yoga based lifestyle is known to reduce craving for energy rich food. By setting the satiety centre to a lower level and by emotional balance there is a direct effect on the limbic system and the hypothalamus.
Definitely one can take a lot of help from techniques of asanas, kriyas and pranayamas. Small management things like placing hot water bag on the affected area, or taking warmth of the sun in early morning would also help.
A fit mother-to-be usually has a trouble-free delivery. The fitness in this would relate to complete physical, mental and emotional health. Yoga has much to offer in this direction.
If one can understand that anger is one letter short of danger, one than realizes that a great deal of harm can be caused to oneself and others. The whole philosophy and practice of Yoga is geared to make one less egoistic and thus less violent.
Regular exercise increases the number of capillaries (small blood vessels), thereby improving the blood supply. It also increases the mitochondria within the cells, which are responsible for the release of energy. Thus, a fit person can efficiently transfer oxygen to different parts of the body and also release energy efficiently.
Regular exercise makes a person more efficient at work and enables the person to work longer hours without getting tired. Body fat gets redistributed through regular exercise. During exercise sessions that are longer than 30 to 35 minutes, body fat is used more than carbohydrates for deriving energy.
As muscle mass increases, the lean body weight increases as compared to body fat. Central obesity decreases, insulin resistance is lowered, HDL cholesterol increases, blood pressure goes down, diabetes gets controlled and chances of formation of blood-clots minimised.

Some important asanas - click on each to know more