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Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy

The Yoga we know was developed as a part of tantric civilisation, which existed in India more than 10,000 years ago. Now Yoga is developed as a seperate medical science combined with Naturopathy. Patanjali propounded it in a systematic form; which consists of eight components namely restraint, observance of austerity, physical postures, breathing exercise, restraining of sense organs, contemplation, meditation and samadhi. These steps in the practice of Yoga have potential in improvement of social behaviour, improvement of physical health, improvement of better circulation of oxygenated blood in body, restraining the sense organs and thereby the mind and in inducing tranquility and serenity in the mind. The practice of integrated type of Yoga prevents psychosomatic disorders/disease and improves individual's resistance and ability to endure stressful situations. A number of physical postures are described in Yogic works to improve body health, to prevent disease and to cure illness. The physical postures are to be chosen judiciously and are to be practiced in a right way to derive the benefits. Breathing exercise helps in supply of proper oxygenated blood in the body.

Studies have revealed that the Yogic practices improve the intelligence and memory and help in developing resistance to endure situations of  strain and stress and also to develop an integrated psychosomatic personality, meditation is yet another exercise which can stabilize emotional changes and prevent abnormal functions of vital organs of the body. Studies have shown that meditation not only restrains the sense organs but also controls the autonomic nervous system.