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Effect of yoga on the body

Yoga allows us to know our self. It strengthens inner power to meet the supreme soul and attain complete happiness. Indian sages and saints have defined different types of yoga. Here, we will be discussing about the postures and pranayam yogas which come under the eight yogic practices (resistance towards passions, rules, postures i.e., asana, controlling the breath i.e. pranayam, resisting the sense organs, concentration, meditation and deep meditation), six other yogic exercises of austerity (hath yoga) will also be discussed. Practicing yoga revives our dead consciousness. These exercises rejuvenate dead tissues and new tissues and cells are formed. Light yogic exercises reactivate the nervous system, and regulate blood circulation. It reinstates fresh energy in the body. According to the laws of physical science, when the body contracts and expands, energy is developed and diseases get cured. This activity is done simply with the help of different yogic asanas. With the practice of pranayam and other asanas, the glands and muscles of the body repel-attract, contract-expand, which cures diseases naturally.

Yoga also keeps the veins healthy. Pancreas becomes active and produces insulin in the right quantity which helps in curing diabetes and other diseases. Health is directly linked with the digestive system. A bad digestive system is the prime reason for most of the diseases. Even some serious problems like heart disease occur due to a bad digestive system. Yoga strengthens the entire digestion process, making every part of the body healthy, light and active. Fresh air enters the lungs which keep diseases like asthma, respiratory problems, allergy etc. away. Fresh air also strengthens the heart. Yogic exercises dissolve the fat, which makes the body light and it remains healthy, fit and attractive. Not only that, Yoga is beneficial for thin and lean bodies as well. Yoga controls the mind and senses, it helps the follower to get out of the darkness, In this way we can begin the path of Yoga and experience the inner happiness of meeting the supreme being and attain physical, mental, intelligence and spiritual progress.

Concentration

Concentrating your mind on the navel center, heart which is in the form of white lotus, light glowing on your head, center of the eyebrows, front portion of the nose, front portion of the tongue and the suture on the top of the head and other physical parts and sitting at one place attentively is called concentration.

When the senses and mind starts turning inwards due to resisting the senses, concentrating them on a particular place with respect to condition is called concentration. In this way diverting the mind from a huge subject and focusing it on light aims soul-Supreme soul is called concentration. Concentration is the foundation of meditation. As the practice of concentration becomes mature, meditation also happens along with it.

Deep meditation

When the meditation is in the form of God or a hollow like the light which illuminates our form, then it is called deep meditation.

The devotee gets so engrossed, merges and gets lost in the happy, enlightened and peaceful form of God while chanting omkar that he forgets himself, he only experiences the divine form, of God, and this form is hollow. As a person dips in the water and stays there for a while, in the same way the individual soul merges with God and experiences the happiness of deep meditation. The same thing, sages narrate in a different way like the iron when thrown in fire takes the form of fire in the same way the soul should be enlightened in the divine knowledge of God and forget ourselves and completing ourselves in the light and happy form of ''God and accomplish ourselves with complete knowledge is called deep meditation.

This means the stage when the mind is diverted from doubts and only the truth is grasped, in other words concentration is achieved, that is called deep meditation. The stage which includes doubts and queries described in the first stanza of Yogadarshan should be considered to be a single stage of meditation because they have words, meaning, knowledge and alternatives. And the stage without doubts and queries should be considered as deep meditation. This contemplation of mind is the highest level of deep meditation and in this stage the devotee obtains the knowledge in the form of Prasada. After this deep meditation also a high level - this is meaningless, without anything. In this stage of deep meditation the lust or desires for things of pleasure also does not exist in the mind. The impressions completely destroy along with the seed, all the conditions of the mind come to an end. Then the possibility of falling in the worldly bonds also destroys, this is called contemplation of the highest order. This is perfection of Yoga or life , by obtaining it a yogi in the words of Saint Vyas says:

The meaning is, the last limit of knowledge is asceticism. Reaching this highest stage with deep meditation definitely leads to the salvation of the soul, by which the yogi feels that he has achieved everything in his life, the ignorance and other sufferings (ignorance, pride, jealousy, hatred and attachment) are destroyed. Whose organs are joined, and the entry of a soul in other body is disintegrated, due to which a creature takes birth and dies and takes rebirth after death. This is the short description of deep meditation.