by Dr. Avani Pandya
Yoga and meditation are an integral part of wholesome health. In general yoga and meditation are perceived to be non-pharmaceutical measures or complementary to drug therapy for the treatment of lifestyle diseases like mental stress, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Yoga in fact means the union of individual consciousness with the supreme consciousness. It involves eight rungs or limbs of yoga, which include yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi. Intense practice leads to self-realisation, which is the primary goal of yoga. It is a holistic way of life that leads to a state of complete physical, social, mental and spiritual well-being and harmony with nature.
Systematic studies and research have been conducted to prove the effectiveness of yoga in controlling or alleviating diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, COPD, etc.
At MAHC, each day starts with a unique yoga session, in small groups, conducted by Dr. Avani Pandya, a certified yoga teacher from Lakulish Yog Vidyalaya, Kayavarohan.