Stay Healthy and Happy with Yoga

Dec 22, 2010

Yoga Shastra says that the origin of yogashastra is Brahma. But in Mahabharata it is written that it was founded by sage Sanat Kumar. In the Yogashastra classics, the Yogashastra by Patanjali is considered as the most authentic and most scientific. The great sage Patanjali has given 195/196 Sutras and this yogasutra has four chapters. This great sage codified and classified the ancient science systematically and gave a proper shape to it. The four chapters are.

Samadi Pada (51 Sutras)
Sadhana pada (55 Sutras).
Vibhuti Pada (55 Sutras)
Kaivalya Pada (35 Sutras).

There is a record that sage Patanjali renewed yoga sutras in 3rd century BC.

The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Dhatu “Yuj” meaning the process of uniting Jeevatma with Paramatma. In Patanjali Maharshi yoga five types of mental conditions which bring happiness or sadness are listed.

They are:

Pramana (quantity)
Viparyaya (wrong understanding)
Vikalpa (faulty imagination).
Vismruti (non-awareness)

The five obstacles for practicing yoga are

1. Avidya (lack of education)
2. Asmita (pride)
3. Raga (love)
4. Dwesha (hatred)
5. Abhinivesha (no interest in worldly life)

What is yoga?

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The union of all the powers of the body, mind and soul with the God is yoga."

There are four types of yoga – Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga. Controlling the desires and achieving concentration is the essence of yoga. According to sage Patanjali there are eight steps in yoga: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi

Definitions of yoga

According to Bhagavadgita, achieving mental balance in yoga.

According to sage Patanjali, achieving concentration by controlling all the desires.

According to Swamy Vivekananda, "Disciplining the mind is yoga."

"Holding the wavering mind in one place is yoga"

Getting released from pain and sadness is yoga (Geeta-6)

Achieving thatwhich can’t be achieved is yoga and saving what one gets from achieving is ‘Kshema.’

Efforts to gain Anand swaroop is yoga.

Steps in Yoga

Yama (Mental Control)

By following the first step in yoga mental purity and moral upliftment can be achieved. This is applicable not only to an individual but to a society as a whole. Five sutras are to be followed in yama. They are

1. Ahimsa (non-violence)
2. Satya (truth)
3. Asteya (not stealing)
4. Aparigraha (storing things)
5. Brahmacharya.

Ahimsa (non-violence): Not causing physical or mental violence. Treating all with love and faith. Not causing any pain to anyone and inculcating the quality of forgiveness.

Satya (truth): By Satya an individual can be a yogi. According to Gandhiji. “Truth is God and God is Truth”. By following the path of satya it will be easy to practice yoga.

Asteya: Not stealing and not wishing for others' objects. Not using the things which do not belong to us or to take anything forcibly from others. Be satisfied with what you have and get peace and contentment.

Aparigraha: Collecting things which are not required at the given time. One must not get anything without effort. A yogi must lead a simple life and he should be free from any attachment. As the desires decrease, happiness and peace increase.

Brahmacharya: Controlling sense organs, study of spiritual classics and controlling the soul. According to Shankaracharya one who is involved in the study of scriptures and who finds God in all is a Brahmachari. According to Patanjali, physical, mental and speech control is Brahmacharya. A good mental condition is Brahmacharya.

If 'Rajasa' or 'Tamasa' food is consumed by the youngsters, their resistance power (immunity) decreases and if such impotent men get married, marital happiness will not be there. The message of Swamy Shivananda is potency is life and impotency is death. Therefore only Satwika food must be consumed. Devotion to God, study of the Vedas and control of the sense organs makes one a brahmachari.

Niyama (Physical Process)

The second step of yoga process is Niyama (happiness, meditation, sacrificing everything to God, self study). By this step mental and physical condition improve providing a sound health. Sage Patanjali has mentioned five rules in Niyama.

Shoucha: Keeping the body clean for a better life, a yogi should take bath twice a day and keep all the organs of the body neat and tidy. He must have good thoughts and good, clean food. He must have earned that food by following the right path.

Happiness: One must try to keep one’s mind happy and contented always. One can’t concentre if one has no satisfaction – one must have a balanced mind.

Tapas (meditation): the word ‘Tapas’ originated from the word ‘Tap.' Its objective is to achieve a particular goal. Having inclination towards god if one does one’s work, sacrificing everything to God is Tapas. One need not go to a forest or wear beard to do Tapas.

Swadhyaya: Reading good books, contemplation of good thoughts, having company of good people, reading holy book to purify the mind, reading spiritual books by which one’s mind will be full of good thoughts which mingle with one’s blood. By this there won’t be any place for bad thoughts. In swadhyaya one can learn or teach.

Praneedhana: One must sacrifice one’s work to God. Whatever difficulties or losses one faces in life should be left to God and one must try to solve them while having faith in God. One must give up pride and surrender to God. By praneedhana one sacrifices his happiness or difficulties to God. When one has the faith that god looks after everything, there won’t be changes in blood pressure.


Third step in yoga process is Asana. Constant, comfortable different poses of the body are Yogasana. In Yogasanas systematic movement of the body with breath is involved by bending or twisting one’s body, the internal organs, nervous system and muscles. The body gets enough relief, and becomes active and powerful by which blood circulatin and digestion become systematic.

Yogasanas involve complete knowledge of anatomy which are scientific. The processes of Yogasanas make the organs of one’s body lighter, active and healthy. They develop lungs, heart and brain, increase concentration power and bring the organs of one’s body under one’s control. Immunity grows and ailments are cured without medicines or medical operations. Besides, a practitioner of yoga will be a cultured citizen. One can have beautiful shape for one’s body.

Yogasanas can be practiced by children, women, young men and old people. People belonging to any caste or religion can practice them.

In order to achieve four Purusarthas - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha the body should be brought under control. Yoga is the means to achieve it. It makes one’s body lustrous and young, making the mind calm with happiness. Yoga is the means to increase immunity of the body.

For other physical exercises, considerable space and a lot of expenses have to be incurred. But yogasanas can be practiced without incurring heavy expenses. If one develops one’s organs, alertness and patience can be gained; concentration required for gaining knowledge increases.

Internal and external parts of a yoga practitioner get cleansed. By the control of breath there will be the benefit of pranayama. Blood circulation becomes easier. Dangerous diseases can be cured without pain to the body and without  expenses. One can ever be young thus increasing the life span.

By increasing immunity one can be free from diseases and can live longer and be happy without depending on others.

Instead of depending on surgeries, one can increase the power of the organs naturally. On can gain good health without any expenditure. Without any adverse effect, one can control one’s mind and one can progress spiritually. Students can increase their concentration power, can achieve progress in the field of education easily through Yogasanas.

These instructions should be followed by Yogasana practitioners

1. Yogasanas must be practiced on empty stomach or one can consume one cup of liquid food. Yogasanas can be practiced four hours after the main meal, or two hours after a light meal.

2. Food must be taken after half an hour’s rest after doing Yogasanas.

3. Before practice, urinary bladder and bowels should be emptied.

4. Dawn and dusk are good for Yogasana practice.

5. There must be fresh air, light, flat floor and a carpet on the floor to practice Yogasanas.

6. Discipline, faith and continuous efforts and practice are necessary qualities of a yoga student.

7. After completing Yogasanas one must lie down. By this the tiredness of doing Asanas disappears and the person will get enough rest.

8. Asanas can be done by anyone. But asanas should not be done as soon as a person comes in after exposure to sunlight.

9. Don’t do them when you are exhausted.

10. Don’t try to do Asanas without the guidance of a right teacher. Follow the guidelines given by him sincerely.

11. It is not advisable to start asanas as soon as one wakes up. One has to do simple exercises or Surya Namaskars before starting Yogasanas.

By Gopalakrishna Delampady
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Comment on this article

  • Sanjana, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2011

    today in this pollutioned atmosphere we need to do yoga.. :-) it keeps us fit and also makes us healthy.. my suggestion is that evry one must practice yoga once a day..
    it is must that we have to practice yoga with the guidance of a well known teacher... it is a very informative article ... thank you sir for such a nice and informative article....

  • Nikitha, Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 08 2011

    nice articles with good photos

  • Nikitha, Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 08 2011

    nice articles with good photos

  • Smt.Laxmi Amma, kasaragod

    Thu, Jan 06 2011

    Its very useful to keep my health and fitness as i'm aged 75..Sir i've attend your camp last year, it was really helpful.. practicing yoga early in the morning.

  • Preetham, puttur

    Thu, Jan 06 2011

    To learn Yoga its an Yoga.. Should include in our academic section also. Thanks for Mr.Gopalkrishna Delampady for this wonderful information..

  • Emmar, Puttur

    Wed, Dec 29 2010

    What is the spiritual danger warned of mentioned in the comment by Irene Mcnelly, as Yoga is an art of living and as understood is not a religious practice.

  • Gayathri, Bangalore

    Tue, Dec 28 2010

    I am inspired to start learing Yoga by reading the useful and encouraging information in
    I hope to become more active, healthy,and concentrate at my work as well as in life. I thank daijiworld for Spreading awareness of health with yoga. And also I kindly request for the good articles and yoga tips by Yogarathna Gopalakrishna Delampady in this daijiworld.
    Thank you........

  • Vinaya, Mulleria/Bangalore

    Tue, Dec 28 2010

    Thank you for Yogarathan Gopalkrishna Delampady and Daijiworld for Spreading the awareness of health with yoga. You teached me with a lot of patience and was a very interactive and more informative session. The yoga manual along with CD provided by you is really very useful guide. This has really helped me in staying fit and mainly has helped me for my medical reasons, in reducing my Thyroid problem, which i was suffering from past years. This has given me a great relief within a span of time. Thanks a lot Sir..
    Kindly keep updating the useful info about yoga in daijiworld and also give some good article about Yogarathna Gopalakrishna Delampady.
    Once agian I really thankful to Mr.Gopalakrishna Delampady.

  • Maithri J K, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 28 2010

    I am inspired to join Yoga class by reading this encouraging information.I hope to become more active, healthy,and concentrate on my studies.One of Our Professor who was your student is walking through steps even upto 7th floor everyday while we prefer elevator.

  • f.l.fernandis, bangalore

    Mon, Dec 27 2010

    Thank you Mr.Gopalkrishna Delampady and Daijiworld for publishing this article.Briefly he covered about Yoga and even how to start.Now a days every where yoga classes are conducting.Even a lots of c.ds are awalaible.In abroad it spread more than india.Whole world is using this art.India is origin of this art.About 20-25 years back HMT WF organisation in bangalore arranged two instructors who were Austrelions who learnt yoga from India and they were our yoga teachers.I am still practicing what they had taught us.It helped me a lot.People will be more benifited if you publish such articles.

  • Frank D'Souza, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 27 2010

    Very informative and interesting. Following these teachings and suitable asanas one can really stay healthy and fit.Wonderful service to the community Mr. Gopalkrishna.

  • Vidya Bhat, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 25 2010


  • Vidya Bhat, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 24 2010


  • Anoop D, Nitte

    Fri, Dec 24 2010

    Very good article sir. As you say Yoga is really a key to better health. I liked the comment by Mr. Jerome. I hope yoga will be added to the part of school syllabus.
    @ Irene Mcneily
    Yoga is not a dangerous practice. It becomes dangerous if you try to do it without the guidance of the abled Yoga guru.


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  • BHARATHI J K, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 24 2010

    Yoga is a must for one and all,immaterial of gender,cast, religion, age.It is essential for each and everyone for good health and good mental peace in this modern busy world.


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  • NIRMALA , bangalore

    Fri, Dec 24 2010


  • shreyas v meda , bangalore

    Fri, Dec 24 2010

    fantastic quote. . highly informative sir ..really heart feels proud for this article.i am enormously benifited from this article ..."AN ALARMING MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ABOUT YOGA"........****************YHANK YOU MR.GOPALKRISHNA DELAMPADY

  • prakash, padavinangadi

    Fri, Dec 24 2010

    sir it is very good article what you published,it helpful to many people ,and also liked Mr.Jerome's comments ,

  • Rajesh Rao, Mangalore/Kavoor

    Fri, Dec 24 2010

    hi Sir, this is the wonderful information on yoga. This really helps the students in concentration...

  • Ajay Kiran, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 24 2010

    Very informative article. I especially like the fourth picture from the top, where the yogist has tucked his feet beneath his head. This will not only bring all the gases in the stomach to the top, but also the person doing this asana can comfortably sleep in a cramped space this way. Wonderful posture for those who live in small houses, especially in a big city like mumbai.

  • Wilson D'Souza, Kolalgiri/Mississauga,Canada

    Thu, Dec 23 2010

    Nice article at the right time, just before the new year.Thank you Mr.Gopalakrishna , God bless you

  • Dora Rego[nee Pais], Nirkan, Bantwal/amboli, andheri west

    Thu, Dec 23 2010

    Thanks for the info on Yoga. I read with interest as I have been practicing for the past 3 years and I have found Yoga very beneficial to the mind body and spirit. Infact I have been doing yoga under Fr. Vincent Pereira [Mumbai] who has studied Yoga under B.K. Iyengar and has been practicing since past 36 years.

  • Jagadeesh,K, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 23 2010

    Thank you for your basic introductions regarding Yoga, Dhyana,Pranayama & Asanas.

  • Yoga, Irene McNeilly

    Wed, Dec 22 2010

    Hi, Nancy and Lavina: Before you get into Yoga, please read the Vatican document from 2003 entitled: Jesus Christ: The Bearer of the Water of Life. That doc. astutely warns against the spiritual dangers such practices as Yoga are fraught with.

  • R.T.SHETTY, mangalore

    Wed, Dec 22 2010

    thanks a lot daiji and mr.gopalkrishna for for a wonderful information about yoga.

  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 22 2010

    You are right Mr.Jerome,people from all community should not hesitate to learn yoga.Afterall it is for our personal benifit and for healthy society.Government will have no option than introducing it in the curriculum when majority likes it.

  • Madhusoodana, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 22 2010

    You are very true. Learning Yoga and Samskrit would certainly benefit us in many ways.

  • vittal shetty, sharjah/mangalore

    Wed, Dec 22 2010

    Spreading awareness of health with yoga..Thanks Daiji for publishing this great very useful article.I would like to attend your sessions dear Guruji, when I come to India.

  • Uday, Mangalore/USA

    Tue, Dec 21 2010

    To get more Info. about Mr. Delampady - go to the website

  • Gopalakrishna delampady, Yeyyadi M'lore

    Tue, Dec 21 2010

    For more info contact mine through my mobile no 9448394987.Call me between 12-3pm 8.30-10pm

  • Jerome, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 21 2010

    Yoga,Yogasana, Dhyana are becoming widely popular in western countries.But here they are still not included in our accademic syllabus as few of our so called forward class people think it as safronisation.This is unfortunate.All Indians should learn these ancient valuable vidyas and also learn sanskrit.

  • Madhusoodana, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 21 2010

    The enormous benefit of Yoga is only to be experienced. A regular practice of Yoga disciplines us in many ways. Sri Gopalakrishna Delampady and others who have dedicated themselves for creating awareness about healthy and happy living are rendering real service to mankind.

  • Nancy, Kadri

    Tue, Dec 21 2010

    I would like to join your Yoga class, cld I have your address please !

  • Lavina Pinto , Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 20 2010

    Thanks daiji for publishing this article. Could you please foward contact details/address of Mr. Gopalakrishna Delampady?

  • Vijay, Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 20 2010

    Informative article. Thank you Mr. Gopalakrishna.

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