Practice of the Month


Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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11 Apr 2024


Yoga and Mental Health

Yoga and Mental Health 

– by YogaRathna Dr T Gargi Urmila

Yoga is known to have positive effects on mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. The combination of physical postures, breath control, and meditation in yoga can promote relaxation and enhance overall well-being. Regular practice may contribute to improved mood and better stress management.

Mind and body have a deeper connection. In order to live healthy, we have to keep our mind good!

Mental health: it is us, and we are it! Symbiosis of our emotional, psychological, and social aspects of our lives. It affects how we think, feel, and act, as well as how we handle stress, make choices and relate to others.

तं विद्याद् दु:खसंयोगवियोगं योगसञ्ज्ञितम् |
स निश्चयेन योक्तव्यो योगोऽनिर्विण्णचेतसा || BG 6.23 ||

taṁ vidyād duḥkha-sanyoga-viyogaṁ yogasaṅjñitam
sa niśhchayena yoktavyo yogo ’nirviṇṇa-chetasā

The detachment of miseries or dukkha from mind is known as Yoga. This Yoga should be resolutely practiced with determination free from pessimism.
World Health Organization says Mental Health – “state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”

In order to attain positive psychological states (Chitta bhumis from Kshipta to Niruktha) and coping mechanisms (through Eight limbs of Yoga) self-knowledge is important along with vairagya.

Corporate always say “do SWOT” of yourself and Corporate” (short for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats in 1960) analysis –
Helps you to understand your strengths and opportunities as well as your business’s – you visualize everything you know and don’t know about
यतो मन: ततो भाव:

Yatho Manah thatho Bhaava | NaatyaVeda
Where the Mind goes, the Emotions are generated

Not to permit the mind to go where it wants, but employ it for good thoughts and acts, this is wisdom.

Wisdom is a weapon to ward off destruction; it is an inner fortress not only external enemies but also Internal enemy kama, kroda, moha, loba, mada, matsarya can be won.

Gratitude(KrutagjnA) is the tool of knowledge that protects against destruction that cannot be plundered by the enemy. He who has everything without trembling, fear or apprehension is wise.

Dharma is a treasure everywhere. Even during adversities one could be saved only through knowledge by following the

Dharmic path. Then one gets Vairagyam by arresting such oscillations of Mind.
Daily Regimen Mental Health

Yoga makes one physically active through yogasana – byproducts of lifting our moods Eg: release of endropins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin
Intake of healthy food – Reducing Anxiety and Stress
Eg: Lack of Vit. B12 can lead to depression
Sleep – Quality of sleep is important, Mind can be calm and be energised to act on work; decrease temperament
Managing Stress – Situations to be managed without getting disturbed.
Good Relationships – Build Trust, Share and Care
scipline is the foundation upon which success in every field is built.
Having a Routine – Engaging Mind
Eg: Learning something new
Volunteering – Feel good about ourselves
Practising Gratitude – For what we have. Changes the perspective of life
Personal Time – Take a Break
Eg: Use hobbies
Relaxation Techniques – Prayer, Meditation, Mindfulness
Get help when you need – Seek professional help
Avoid Substance Use – like Alcohol

मन एव मनुष्याणां कारणं बन्धमोक्षयोः ।
बन्धाय विषयासक्तं मुक्त्यै निर्विषयं स्मृतम् ॥

mana eva manuṣyāṇāṃ kāraṇaṃ bandhamokṣayoḥ ।
bandhāya viṣayāsaktaṃ muktyai nirviṣayaṃ smṛtam ॥ Amirta Bindhu Upanishad

Mind is the only cause for taking birth in this planet and to get liberation.

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