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Pragya Yoga - An Exercise for Healthy and Happy Life

Pragya Yoga : This yoga involves all the three bodies (physical, subtle and causal) of a person. The Asan (physical exercise) rejuvenates body, Pranayam (breath control) strengthens mind and chanting in the heart of Mantra augments the will power. The sequence of exercises of this yoga is given below.

Stand erect. Half-close the eyes and meditating on the brilliance of Lord Savita (rising sun) for a moment chant ‘Om’. With the faith that the subtle power of Savita is rejuvenating the body, mind and soul with each syllable of Gayatri mantra, follow the sequence of exercises given below.

1. Tadasan: Chanting ‘Bhooh’ (in the heart i.e. to oneself) raise both the hands upward while inhaling gradually and deeply. Now stand on the toes. This benefits us in the case of weakness of the heart and blood disorders. (See Fig. 1 for posture.)

2. Hastapadasan: Chanting ‘Bhuvah’, both the hands are brought downward from the posture of tadasan, while exhaling and the head is bowed down to touch the knees, with the palms trying to touch the floor. This removes gastric trouble and induces vital strength in the Ida, Pingla, and Sushumna Nadis. (See Fig. 2 for posture.)

3. Vajrasan: Chanting ‘Swah”, toes are placed completely on the floor and haunches are set on the feet. The backbone should be erect and both palms placed on the knees. Breathe normally during this posture. This is helpful in digestion and cures gastric trouble and constipation and keeps the stomach light. (See Fig. 3 for posture.)

4. Ushtrasan: Chanting ‘Tat’, inhale deeply, put knees on the floor and keep the feet straight on toes. The heels are held in by taking both the hands from the back side. The stomach is drawn upward and head is bent backward. This makes the heart strong and spinal column flexible. This also provides exercise to Ida, Pingla and Sushumna. (See Fig. 4 for posture.)

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