The Calming Effect of Yoga

Yoga is not an unfamiliar term with us anymore. There are numerous theories attached to it. The query that instantly pops up regarding this science is, “What is Yoga”? What is the need of practising Yoga?” Well, since time immemorial we humans have been wandering like vagabonds in quest of inner peace – the prime requisite of a mankind for happy existence.

Do you feel Yoga is an effective tool for the attainment of peace and relaxation? Well, in my opinion- surely it is…. I will support my view by penning down certain facts and philosophies regarding this. Readers, when we dive into the depth of its knowledge,aim and purpose, we realise Yoga is not just a physical exercise which begins and ends on the mat . It is an indispensable medium which connects us to the “Universal consciousness.

This physical, mental and spiritual practise originated in Northern India , nearly 5000 years ago and its first mention is found in our sacred text, the Rigveda. Primarily yoga means Spiritual Discipline, i.e. , Control of the mind , body and soul through strengthening the will power. One need not renounce the world or torture the body to attain this, but simple trivial life style moderations in eating , sleeping, talking and working habits can prove very beneficial in controlling our body mind and senses.

Yoga has a chain of actions. It helps in rising from the evils to goodness- to godliness- and eventually a Divine Splendour.
Now…a brief account… why the need of Yoga?

Our present sedentary life style as an outcome of modernisation , mechanisation , usage of high-fidelity electronic gadgets have merely transformed us into “Robots” from Humans.

We have severed ourselves from mankind as there is a dearth of emotion, love, compassion, care and concern for our fellow beings..which collectively form the crux and essence of Life. In due course , we have stopped  “”Living ” and unknowingly started “Existing.” The incessant marathon of accumulating fortune and wealth , so that we can be enlisted in that “High Status People” has lead to relinquish our Peace of Mind . Inadvertently, it has lead to unprecedented stress and has paved the way for terminal illnesses.

The accentuating  medical ailments and uprise in suicidal cases is having an alarming effect on mankind..Fortunately , we are reverting to the teachings encrypted by our forefathers..on Quest for leading healthier happier and blissful life through the practise of Yoga . Even medical practitioners are supporting the practise of Yoga now.

Regularity and consistency in practising yoga can do Wonders -both spiritually and physically. If practised religiously , Yoga gives inner peace , happiness calms the mind , stabilises the thought process so that one can act judiciously in the gravest of situation. Other than spiritual connect , yoga is associated with physical attributes too- which comprises of performing asanas forward and backward bends , holding postures , breathing techniques  etc. All of the above mentioned    traits have a holistic and profound effect on our personality . Practise of asanas unblocks the energy currents and emotions.
     Asana which are associated with balancing on one leg signifies how to focus and strike a balance in dealing  with issues in times of distress and come out with an amicable solution.
      Forward bending asana denotes humility ,  modesty , surrender and letting go..It also offers to reflect and heal the past and move forward effortlessly .The  emotions and sensations that arise during forward bend gets purified .Consistent practise of forward bend helps in developing focus ,patience , endurance  other than physical benefits of toning abdominal glands and organs.

Now moving on to backward bend…this too has an amazing story to tell. It not only relieves anxiety n stress but also increases your body’s resilience , maintains youth and eliminates chronic back pain . Besides increasing flexibility of spine , it also increases the flexibility in your life.While doing backward bend your world literally gets turned upside down and you view things from a new and wider spectrum , thus meandering inflow of new and fresh thoughts in your mind.

    The beauty of this science lies in the fact that how breathing also referred as (Pranayam) -the first and the last thing we do when we are alive , has a magical effect on our immune system. Breathing is the most vital component to sustain life..Breathing consciously and with awareness can play instrumental role in restoring balance of mind and body. Researchers have documented that regular practise of simple deep breathing can fight anxiety , stress , depression and low blood pressure. It increases energy levels and relaxes muscles too. Last and certainly not the least, breathing consciously and rhythmically eases all the tensions and calms your body. Try it…
    Dear readers …Yoga is a science which has an in depth n endless knowledge and my article is just a drop in an ocean .I  have been into it for more than a decade , and my personal experience of having an  association with it has been very enthralling. My endeavour is to highlight the positivity attached with it , and how this positivity can enlighten your life  as well if you make it a ritual. You do not know what a flower looks like till it blossoms..
Love and live life. Each day is a gift, and yoga is like a gift wrap- which adds excitement and ecstasy to our lives with ease and peace ….as and when new chapter unfolds..


My Journey as a Naval Officers Wife.

Life is so blissful when you are born as a human being and ecstatic…when you are introduced to this world as a girl. What more I can ask for? My dear friends I would like to share in this write up  my most cherished experience I have had so far. My journey commenced way back, more than 4 decades ago with a pinch of salt but ample sweetness of honey. My roots lie in Allahabad(popularly known as Sangam- confluence of 3 holy river Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) as I did my entire schooling and graduation from there. Coming from a middle class family was a boon for me, as it taught me the real values of life and always kept me grounded and connected to my Indian tradition and culture. As any other girls dream, I too had a vision of tying a knot with my dream boy and as luck would have it that D-day came and my life took off on a new exciting adventurous flight. I found the best friend and confidante in my life partner, whose entire family has had the honour of serving the nation being in defence forces. I feel blessed and privileged to share the Bhatnagar surname. For me, coming from a totally non service background was never a drawback as my parents-in- law accepted me with open and warm arms. As I was clueless about the fauji life, every day was an adventure for me.The sailings, duties on board, terms like roger, secure, mess night, one in two, bachelor’s bouncing for parties and yes, most importantly, the concept of  hopping from one base to another, the accommodation problem  specially in Mumbai… where married accommodation has always been deficit till we got one of are own staying in a fellow officer’s house was very intriguing initially, but eventually turned out to b the most exciting part of are nuptial journey as it resulted in bonding with other counterparts. I started enjoying every moment of my blissful trip as it unfolded  new chapters with each passing day. Being a naval aviators wife, I had a smooth take off throughout (touch wood) meaning, no long separations unlike my counter parts in the surface navy. Life in services has been very colourful for me as it gave me ample opportunities to explore myself unlike in civil life. Going on stage and performing in cultural programmes after marriage is not a readily acceptable concept in a civil set up ,but here I had the liberty to enhance my personality to the fullest by volunteering for dance ,fashion shows ,singing etc. My husband has been a pillar of strength ever since. I owe a lot to him for encouraging me in all spheres. Life in navy has transformed me into an independent and self reliant person (which I always dreamt of) and the credit goes to the Navy as we keep hopping from one city to another frequently and adaptability becomes an integral part of are lives. As the saying goes- “Join the navy and see the world” has proved true in our case as it gave us the opportunity to roam almost all across the major countries of globe. The Mauritius Deputation was a dream posting we ventured the most sought after places in the U.S. and Europe which was an eye opener and left an indelible impression in our lives. In this eventful journey of two decades now I am a proud mother of two children, Jatin(19) who is in 1st year Ashoka College and younger daughter Vanshika in grade 10th …both my priceless possessions. We as a family have the privilege of leading a very happy and contended quality life in Navy. I am proud to be associated with this fraternity n like we say it in navy wish you all smooth sailing in all ur endeavours in life.