The Psychological and Physical Effects of Yoga Practicing on Middle Aged Women in San Francisco, Maracaibo
Chapter I: The problem and its components
Yoga is a Hindu system of mystical and ascetic philosophy that involves certain physical and mental disciplines together with a withdrawal from the world and abstract meditation upon some spiritual principle or object (Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary, 1968). Yoga practicing around the world has become very popular nowadays. The benefits of this practice are so complete that the yoga practicers or yogis have a perfect balance between body and mind. The main purpose of these exercises is a search for a spiritual freedom and happiness through the domain of the physiological and physical functions with the practice of a series of exercises that includes relaxation, meditation, body effort, and the most important: breathing. Doing yoga it’s not just exercise one hour daily or three times a week, Yoga is a way of living; it’s taking that discipline to every moment of life from the sun rising to the sunset.
The yogis search through yoga a balance of the chakra system. These chakras are metaphysical vortices of energy and they are related to the endocrine system and are positioned in seven major centers of energy down the body. This chakra system is an integral part of holistic healing. A malfunction of the chakra system is manifested in some kind of illness because every one of the seven chakras represents a part of the body and a person’s illness is first manifested itself in the chakras before the body, mind and emotions. (Cyndi Dale, New Chakra Healing, 1997). An advanced yogi, a healer or sensitive, is the only one who can see a blockage in a particular chakra. However, knowing how each chakra affects a particular body function and emotion it makes possible to identify where a chakra is malfunctioning.
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