|Year : 2014 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Ninety-year old yoga research legacy on the web
Ranjit S Bhogal
|Date of Web Publication||22-Sep-2014|
Ranjit S Bhogal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Bhogal RS. Ninety-year old yoga research legacy on the web. Yoga Mimamsa 2014;46:1-2
May the Maker of all make the journal a success. Blessed is the name of the Lord. May He bless the workers of the ā śrama with a happy and prosperous career as servants of the world, which is only the Lord Himself objectified. May He, that has created us in His infinite wisdom, lead us to the light that is beyond all darkness.
Dear readers, patrons, and well-wishers,
It gives us immense joy in sharing the first ever online launch of our research journal, Yoga Mīmāṃsā, and extending its reach for your service. This was possible due to the highly productive collaboration with Medknow Publications (Wolters Kluwer Health), one of the largest open-access publishers worldwide with 300 plus health journals in its portfolio.
Kaivalyadhama has been steadfastly serving the humanity since its inception at Amalner (Maharashtra, India) in the year 1917. The first issue of Yoga Mīmāṃsā saw light of the day in 1924, the year Kaivalyadhama was shifted to its present location at Lonavala (Maharashtra, India). Since then, Yoga Mīmāṃsā has kept pace with the demands of time, to this date, thanks to your continued support and goodwill. We express our earnest gratitude to you for supporting us, whole-heartedly, in serving the humanity even in times of crises in the past. Our joy knows no bounds as you are with us in sharing this moment of joy and solemn remembrance of the great visionary Swami Kuvalayanandaji, who had initiated this epoch-making journal at a time when yoga was enveloped in mysticism.
In order to manage the ongoing transition to a web platform smoothly, Yoga Mīmāṃsā may have some changes in the future, for example, a biannual publication, with the hope to resume its quarterly frequency soon. The current issue is a clubbed issue. In the current edition, two review articles and four original articles are published. Their highlights are presented in the following paragraphs.
In his article entitled, "Dimensions of Yoga," Dr. A. B. Bhavanani takes a bird's eye-view of yoga as the health regimen that has a multidimensional outlook for the benefit of the common man and the yoga practitioner alike. The author further elucidates his point that yoga, widely considered as the process of conscious evolution, has its bountiful dimensions such as health, therapy, society, education, and research. The beauty of yoga is that its abstract principles become concrete by a regular practice of the techniques available in its holistically integrated system. Once the "seed of yoga" finds a fertile soil, these concepts grow naturally, slowly, but surely taking root in all aspects of life, culminating into harmony and integration in all levels of human existence.
Dr. S. Doddoli, S. U. Shete, Dr. S. Patil, and Dr. G. Doddoli, in their review-based analytical study, "Possible effects of hot yoga: An objective approach," have reviewed the research literature extensively with the purpose of studying the possible ill-effects of hyperthermia, induced by yoga practice performed at a high temperature, on various regulatory mechanisms of health. This study indicates that the basic tenets of yoga seem to be overlooked in hot yoga. Classical yoga extends a message of a conscious participation of mind-body-intellect complex, in restoring one's own homeostasis, without depending on outside agencies. The article invites a constructive, unbiased, and purposeful debate on the issue, so that the universal implications of authentic yoga can be perceived, fairly objectively.
S. Tiwari, Dr. S. Telles, A. Goel, and A. Verma, in their survey study entitled, "Beliefs of yoga practitioners about yoga as a science: A survey in Mumbai," have ventured to determine and document beliefs about yoga as a science, among its practitioners. The study surveyed 972 respondents and revealed that 66.1% were aware of the scientific research on yoga, 57.6% associated yoga with scientific research, while 60.4% of yoga users were keen to have online yoga courses. The current survey, the first ever documentation of its type in India, showed interesting trends in beliefs about yoga as a scientific discipline among a predominantly young, educated, and urban Indian sample. The survey is a challenge for yoga educationists for taking some worthwhile steps to educate a sizable population of aspiring youngsters.
L. Majewski and Dr. A. B. Bhavanani, through their article entitled "A novel rejuvenation program for cancer patients at Kaivalyadhama, India," have reported that a 3-month structured yoga program, executed at Kaivalyadhama, has helped the participating cancer patients, who had earlier undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy, in moving from victimhood to self-empowerment with a sense of optimism and feeling of control over their health and well-being. The program comprised various āsanas, kriyas, pranayamas, mudras, and bandhas, as well as chanting of mantras. Ayurvedic treatment based on panchakarma was designed to specifically address physical, mental, and psychic (spiritual) health, as per the individual needs and dispositions. We earnestly wish more of such studies by serious researchers contributing to evolving much desired means of solace to cancer patients. Authors deserve appreciation in initiating this humanitarian movement in a true yogic spirit.
Dr. S. Roy, in his conceptual article, "Decision-making, human cognition and equanimity of mind," aims at highlighting scientific aspects of the states of neutral mind and equanimity which are conducive to proper decision-making by an individual. The author argues that the general Bayesian framework, coupled with quantum theory, may help us to understand these states of mind which are instrumental in decision-making with unbiased judgment. The current paper also opens up a new dialog between modern science and Indian philosophy, as the latter is likely to offer an explanation to the superposed state that has been studied by the scientific community in quantum theory. Indeed, the discussed states of mind, considered an inherent part of meditative practices, if further studied scientifically, may unravel the dynamic nature and function of human consciousness.
In an attempt to discern the dispositional source of the construct of mindfulness, Dr. P. Menon, Dr. S. Doddoli, S. Singh, and R. S. Bhogal have attempted a relationship of mindfulness with that of personality traits in the Indian context through their article, "Personality correlates of mindfulness: A study in an Indian setting." Highly significant moderate correlations, negative of − 0.45 with neuroticism and positive of 0.49 with conscientiousness were found, after controlling demographic factors. The finding that a highly mindful individual is emotionally stable and well-disciplined, in his/her approach toward life, hints at the role of how training in mindfulness practices like yoga can be used for personality development, as such practices are known to endow one with comprehensive awareness.
In "Integral yoga - A new yoga," N. H. Bhate takes a stand that Integral yoga is a new yoga because its aims and methods are new and different from those of traditional systems of yoga. It is important to mention here that Sri Aurobindo, the propounder of Integral yoga, held Integral yoga as an evolved form of traditional yoga and did not declare it as a new yoga. The author's views are presented in the current issue to initiate a discussion on the subject. Counterviews are invited in the form of articles with logical arguments.
The Philosophico-Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala has undertaken a long-term project on unpublished manuscripts. Dr. B. Satapathy and G. S. Sahay's article, "A brief introduction of Yogāsana - Jaina: An unpublished yoga manuscript," is an outcome of this project. This article studied the yoga manuscript, "Yogāsana-Jaina," having the description and illustration of 107 āsanas of the Jaina tradition. The study is expected to be of great interest to yoga practitioners, scholars, and researchers interested in the variations of āsanas as per the Jaina tradition that show the varied facets of yoga science from the perspective of different yoga traditions.
May the Lord give us strength enough to carry on this
work. May He ever widen the circle of our sympathisers
and thus allow us to serve Him and His children to the
best of our ability.