CENTRE FOR YOGA & NATUROPATHY
School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies,Mahatma Gandhi University, P.D. Hills P.O., Kottayam-686560
Dr. C. R. Harilakshmeendra Kumar
Yoga is not a religion; it is a way of living whose aim is ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. The true essence of Yoga revolves around elevating the life force or ‘Kundalini’ at the base of the spine. It aims to achieve this through a series of physical and mental exercises. At the physical level, the methods comprise various yoga postures or ‘asanas’ that aim to keep the body healthy. The mental techniques include breathing exercises or ‘pranayama’ and meditation or ‘dhyana’ to discipline the mind. The ultimate goal of yoga is, however, to help the individual to transcend the self and attain enlightenment. As the Bhagavad-Gita says, “A person is said to have achieved yoga, the union with the Self, when the perfectly disciplined mind gets freedom from all desires, and becomes absorbed in the Self alone.” Man is a physical, mental and spiritual being; yoga helps promote a balanced development of all the three Yogic exercises recharge the body with cosmic energy. This facilitates
The aspirant feels rejuvenated and energized. Thus, Yoga bestows upon every aspirant the powers to control body and mind. The art of practicing yoga helps in controlling an individual mind, body and soul. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind, it helps to manage stress and anxiety and keep you relaxing. It also helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and body tone. It improved respiration, energy and vitality. Practicing yoga might seem like just stretching, but it can do much more for your body from the way you feel, look and move. Yoga is now universally recognized as a scientific discipline by modern scientists. Apart from its predominant spiritual values, its contributions towards value education , and maintenance of health, as well as, its role in the treatment of stress related psychosomatic and other chronic disorders are being acknowledge worldwide.
The Mahatma Gandhi University has instituted a Centre for Yoga & Naturopathy for disseminating the essence of Yoga to the academic scenario. After detailed discussions, the expert committee of the Centre for Yoga & Naturopathy prepared draft syllabus Under Credit Semester System for the following three Courses:
(i) MSc Yoga and Natural Living Programme
(ii) Post Graduation in Yoga Education Programme
(iii) Certificate In Yoga Programme
The syllabi are submitted to the University for approval.
2 Day National Seminar on Relevance of Yoga in Modern Life-Photo Tour