Yoga Mimamsa

: 2015  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

Let authentic yoga be our watch word!

Ranjeet S Bhogal 

Correspondence Address:
Ranjeet S Bhogal

How to cite this article:
Bhogal RS. Let authentic yoga be our watch word!.Yoga Mimamsa 2015;47:1-2

How to cite this URL:
Bhogal RS. Let authentic yoga be our watch word!. Yoga Mimamsa [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 15 ];47:1-2
Available from:

Full Text


Dear readers, patrons and well-wishers,

We are happy to bring out this clubbed issue of Yoga Mimamsa after an inordinately agonizing delay! The editorial team expresses its gratitude and appreciation for your forbearance in allowing us to gear, adequately, to resume the publication of the journal.

The World-Wide 'Yoga Awareness tree' has branched out in all nooks and corners of the world, thanks to the seedling of Scientific Yoga planted by Swami Kuvalayananda for the men on the street, way back in 1917, when he started Kaivalyadhama, at Amalner (Maharashtra) and later established it in 1924 in a sprawling campus at Lonavla, Pune. Swamiji and many other eminent yoga masters like Swami Sivananda, Krishnamacharya, Yogacarya BKS Iyengar, Swami Satyananda, to name a few, have since contributed greatly to this movement. Recently, the Indian Government has given it a further impetus in getting the International Day of Yoga established by the UN. Swamiji, a visionary as he was, had declared, as early as, in 1924,

“Yoga has a complete message for the humanity. It has a message for the human body. It has a message for the human mind. It has also a message for the human soul. Will rich men with their money and young intelligent and healthy men with their selfless service come forth to help Kaivalyadhama to take this message to the farthest corners of the world?”

This message hands out a comprehensive approach to evolving human life & living. The body and the prana are intimately related, as nadis (the channels of the latter) are 'embedded' firmly within the body. Similarly, the mind functions through prana that, actually, forms the very substratum of the body-mind-intellect complex. Initial outcome of Yoga is stability and comfort of the body-mind complex. Thus, once the body-mind complex is at rest & stability, the intellect becomes calm and stable, resulting in a stability of the body-mind-intellect for a successful phenomenal life. Later, one can choose subtler practices from either from Patanjala Yoga or Hatha Yoga for one's final journey towards Samadhi, the perfect psycho-physiologically balanced state. This paves way for a comprehensive awareness culminating into Transcendental/Absolute Joy and, in the process, making the Transcendental Self getting firmly established in its true nature. Thus, yoga has the message for the body, the mind and the soul, which are pivotal points vital for one's conscious evolution.

It appears that the above message of Swamiji has not reached masses of the world in its essence and spirit, as we evidence myriads of yoga brands, proclaimed by the self styled and commercially oriented 'yogis', making the mockery of the age-old basics of yoga.

Undoubtedly, the first ever initiative in the form of Yoga Protocol of International Day of Yoga (IDY) is worthy of an immense appreciation, it has some scope for its revision in view of the traditional approach to yoga practice!

Even though, the National Education Policy has an appreciable scope for a practical integration of yoga into our main stream education, it is incumbent upon the modern masters of yoga to put their heads together in evolving a commonly acceptable policy on the basic tenets of Practical Yoga, lest our posterity would question our incompetence and integrity on this account! Therefore, the need of the hour is to evolve Authentic Yoga with a conjoint effort of all experts in the field. This is by no means an easy task, yet we have to make a beginning somewhere. Institutional traditions should be respected and encouraged and would not come in our way towards evolving a workable unanimity about integrating Patanjala Yoga and Hatha Yoga principles in the practical aspect of yoga! Let us then join hands towards the direction of Authentic Yoga! Sooner the men and the institutions of eminence shed their despondency in this regard, for a larger interest of yoga; the better it would be for the entire humanity!!

In their article, “Effect of yogic practices on total cholesterol and triglyceride among obese women” Drs. V. Malarvizhi and R. Elangovan have found a statistically significant reduction in total cholesterol (p < 0.05) and triglyceride (p < 0.05), in case of the Experimental Group of twenty obese women, as a result of the yoga program, thrice a week for twelve weeks. Regulation of endocrine system, through a hormonal homeostasis brought about by yoga induced hypothalamic activation, has been implicated in the biochemical change. The study beckons future research, with more sensitive parameters, for establishing the exact role of yoga in influencing endocrine functions.

Mr. Shambhu Dayal Sharma, in his article, “Rehabilitation in orphan children: role of evidence based yoga” has touched a sensitive and humane issue of the well-being of orphan children. Authors suggests measures such as promoting health of the caregivers, apart from suggesting steps to ensure food security, access to quality job, gender equality, as well as, measures for preventing and treating traumatic events of orphan children. Authors cite some research studies exhibiting a reduced trauma related distress and improved academic performance as outcomes of yoga. Authors also present a suggestive yoga module for the purpose. Through their short communication authors have beckoned the future researchers to work in this challenging area of research.

In his experimental study entitled, “Efficacy of a 4-week yogic lifestyle education for promoting holistic health in Indian school adolescents” Dr. Arun Pratap Singh has found a statistically significant enhancement in self reported positive health outcomes and reduction in self reported negative health outcomes in the intervention group as compared to the control group, when a four week field experiment was conducted among 100 adolescent students of a semi-urban residential school. Even though yogic life style parameters are apparently simplistic, in their scope and comprehensiveness, author's attempt at objectifying the concept of yogic life style deserves an appreciation. One hopes, future research endeavors would encompass basic elements of yogic life style in a more comprehensive manner!

Dr. Niranjana H. Bhate, in her paper, “Yoga in the works of Adi Sankaracarya” has revealed a hitherto unknown facet of Adi Sankaracarya's works, as reflected in his unpopular literature. It has been revealed, through a descriptive method of analyzing arguments, that the Sankaracarya had developed a system of liberation, with a sound ethical base of Vairagya, Viveka, Samadistsampatti and Mumuksutva, before stating Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Jnana Yoga as effective means for attaining emancipation.

Dr. Sarangpani Bashyam, through his paper, “Nyasa-A scientific study” observes a marginal improvement in integral entropy and integral area, signifying a better relaxation response, as compared to the control group, in case of subjects of a Vedic institution performing Gayatri Mantra with Nyasa practices, as an outcome of a controlled experiment using Electro Photonic Imaging. The experimental approach to traditional practices, as evident in this study, should be appreciated for giving a scientific credibility to their practice. One expects and awaits many such experiments by the author and by those working in the field.

Drs. Bhatta, J., Tekur, P, Tikhe, S. G. and Nagendra, H.R., in their study, “Yoga reduces chronic low back pain: An innovative approach” found a statistically significant change in all cases with reduced scores on questionnaires measuring disability, depression and spinal mobility, as a result of a seven days intensive residential Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT), administered to 35 patients with Chronic Low Back Pain. The study has a great scope for its replication using randomized control trials with a longer period of intervention.