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Making Sense With the Essence of Yoga (eBook)

A Critical Analysis With Reference to the Modern Times
Type: e-book
Genre: Diet & Health
Language: English
Price: ₹160
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Hatha Yoga essentially deals with Yogabhyas (the practice of Yoga) and hence is also called as the‘Raja Yoga’ or the ‘Kundalini Yoga’ (spiritual aspect of Yoga).

This book essentially deals with the physical and health aspects of Yoga while encouraging to have a relaxed mind for overall benefits.

It contains plenty of sketches and photographs of Asanas to illustrate critical correlation between the postures and advantages to be derived from them. There is a special mention of a couple of rarely discussed Mudras like the Shanmukhi Mudra and Pran Mudra.

The Shanmukhi Mudra can be practiced at your work station for 20 to 30 seconds to relieve boredom and reduce stress quickly. This is a boon to almost everybody except those with a weak heart.

The book also contains a 'Desirable Activity Chart for Positive Health' and a Chart suggesting the chronological order of Asanas to be practiced. Slight variations in Asanas in day to day practice helps cover many Asanas in a week.

WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely absence of a disease or infirmity. Exercises in general and Yoga in particular take care of both, the mental and physical well being it envisages fusion of Mind and Body for deriving the optimum benefits.

Extended working hours and the stress of performance take a heavy toll of our health. There is hardly an individual who has not suffered from backache in life. Modern lifestyle which leads to lack of function of the anti-gravity muscles (in situation without gravity) leads to their deterioration, atrophy (Disuse atrophy) with the resultant loss of muscle strength and muscle tone, leading to ‘Gravity Related Medical Conditions’ like Low back pain, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Postural Neck and Shoulder pain and Pelvic Floor problems such as stress incontinence.

It also helps the readers to understand benefits of strengthening muscles and advises the younger ones on the utility of combining Yoga with other exercises. Further it stresses the need to keep a proper gap between different types of exercises and even between food and exercises based on scientific ground.

The analogy of ‘Hatha’ is very interesting. ‘Ha’ means the Sun and ‘Tha’ means the Moon. Just like the coordination between the Sun and the Moon is important for the wellbeing of the mother earth, the Body and the Mind coordination are important for our well being.

The aim thus is to have a healthy body and a healthy mind for better living.

About the Author

Dr. Ulhas Ganu is an M. Sc., Ph. D. (Biochemistry), and PG DMS (Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies) of the Mumbai University (erstwhile Bombay University)

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He worked as a Sr. Research Scientist in Cancer Research at the renowned Cancer Research Institute (now known as ACTREC) of the Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai

A firm believer in the need for application of knowledge as the fundamental principle of research, an Organic Chemist by mind, he developed special interest in Biochemistry and adapted successfully to handle projects related to pharmacology. He has more than 12 publications to his credit in scientific journals of repute and also presented research papers at many scientific conferences. He is a recipient of the IDMA (Indian Drug Manufacturer Association) Award in Phytochemistry & Pharmacognosy’ for the research paper published in their journal ‘Indian Drug’ in the year 1991.

Enthusiastic learner, he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Mumbai University at the ripe age of 40.

After 27 years in Cancer Research he moved to the Pharmaceutical Industry working as Medical Advisor at Cadila Oncology Division, Ahmedabad and later headed Sales, Medical and Marketing Departments before handling Quality Assurance Department as Technical Director at the VHB Life Sciences, Mumbai.

A firm believer in ‘Yama’ and ‘Niyama’ aspects of social discipline and percepts of individual discipline respectively as laid down in ‘Ashtang Yoga’, his commitment to work and honesty reflected in his work in research as well as industry.

Currently as CEO of his Consultancy Services ‘AIMM’ (Advisors in Management and Marketing), he is a consultant with Zuvius Life Sciences, a Mumbai Based Pharmaceutical Company dealing in Oncology and Nutritional range of products.

He completed his certification in Yoga as a teacher with distinction at the Yoga Vidya Niketan in 1983-1984 under the guidance of Founder-Director, Yoga Guru Shree Sadashiv Nimbalkar.

Studying fundamental Yoga aspects over years and discussions with Dr. Gokhale, a highly knowledgeable Pharmacologist, and the then Head Chemotherapy Division at Cancer Research Institute, on physiological and anatomical aspects vis-à-vis exercises helped him form firm views on Yoga and its relevance to modern life.

Thus this book is a product of enthusiasm, aptitude for research and commitment blended with hard work designed to communicate relevance of the ancient science to modern life.

Book Details

Number of Pages: 142
Availability: Available for Download (e-book)

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