CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN YOGA & NATUROPATHY

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MINISTRY OF AYUSH, GOVT. OF INDIA

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FAQ on Yoga


Q.1 What does the word Yoga means?

Ans. The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word Yoga is to ‘yoke’.  Accordingly, Yoga can be defined as a means for uniting the individual spirit with universal spirit of God.

Q. 2 What is Yoga?

Ans.  According to Maharishi Patanjali, “Cessation of thought wave is Yoga”.  Then, the ‘Seer’ is firmly established in his original state i.e. the state of pure consciousness.

Q. 3 What is the right place to do Yoga?

Ans. The place for practicing Yoga should be well protected from the menace of animals, rodents and insects. If it is indoors, it should be well ventilated and having sufficient light.  The surroundings should not be noisy.  The ground should be plain and flat.

Q. 4  Is Yoga just stretching?

Ans. Yoga is not just stretching, it is more than that. Yoga is science and art of living healthy, spiritually uplifted, happy and contended life.  It provides the state of harmony between stretching and relaxation brought without any efforts, which tranquilises the mind and stabilises the body.

Q. 5  What are the risks of learning Yoga without proper guidance?

Ans. There are chances of getting oneself hurt during the practice of various Asanas and Pranayamas in a wrong way. Desired results may also not be achieved if practiced is continued in wrong manner. So, it should be done under the guidance of a trained and experienced guru.

Q. 6 How important is it to learn Yoga from a Yoga Instructor?

Ans. Learning Yoga under supervision of trained Yoga Instructor is essential.  The Yoga Instructor appropriates yogic practice for an individual keeping in mind the age, sex, physical strength of the learner. Every individual requires different set of Yogic practices keeping in mind his objective of doing Yoga, flexibility and strength.  There are chances of getting oneself hurt during the practice of various Asanas, Pranayamas etc. if done in a wrong manner.