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The Science and Art of Yoga

--Pranav Maheshwari

Yoga, meaning union, is a millennials long concept, I must say a culture, born in India.

Patanjali's 'Yogasutras' dated 400CE is the most organized collection of yoga mantras, theory,

and yoga practice, but the roots of Yoga go far beyond 3000 BCE. The present-day world

identifies yoga mainly as a form of physical exercise to keep the body healthy. In contrast, the

real essence of yoga lies in the complete well-being of a human comprising of not only physical

or mental health but also spiritual health. According to 'Shrimadbhagwat Geeta,’ being a Yogi is

the supreme goal of human life, including knowledge of Karma, Gyana, and Meditation. In the

simplest of words, yoga is the eternal balance of mind and body, and being a Yogi is to master

the art of this balance.

With the success of the scientific knowledge-making process and the ever-increasing curiosity of

the human mind, Yoga was also objected upon. Some claimed Yoga is just another form of

physical exercise, while others claimed it to be an ancient tradition of no use in the modern

world. Scientists started studying Yoga as soon as the 19th century. Though the beginning was

from a physiological point of view, Yoga has now become a scientifically proven way of

improving physical as well as mental health. And now the whole world has accepted this old

Indian tradition and is also celebrating International Yoga Day every year. Nevertheless, Yoga is

now studied in great detail by scientists. As a result, India now has not only Yoga training

schools but also Yoga research centers aimed at scientifically investigating this heritage of India.

Although a lot of research is still under process, the Indian art of Yoga, first introduced to the

Western world by Swami Vivekananda Ji, has now become a part of people's lifestyles across the

globe. What matters the most to an individual is the effects that the self feels. Some people find

Yoga a fast way of relaxation and attaining peace. For others, Yoga just doesn't work. The

difference lies in the art of doing it. Just as all other art forms like dancing, singing, writing, etc.,

Yoga has a rhythm. The serenity that 'Savasana' can provide requires a proper way of loosening

body parts and gradually slipping the mind into quietness. The same applies to other asanas and

pranayama. The rhythm of yoga shouldn't be disturbed, and discipline should be maintained

every time. Mastering it all is not a chilf's play; doing Yoga requires a lot of practice and

patience. That's where appears Yoga trainers or Yogagurus, the practice and teaching of the

modern form of Yoga was pioneered by Shri Yogendra Ji, which has evolved into many

branches, Iyengar Yoga being one of the famous names. Since then, Yoga has developed not only

as an art form but also as a viable profession with 1000s of Yogis involved. This art is flourishing

at an accelerating rate, and its charisma is now being experienced by all.

With the accepted success of Yoga as an exercise to enhance physical and mental well-being,

spirituality is also gaining momentum—organizations such as Brahmakumaris and Heartfulness

practice yoga to build character and connect to the self-being. Yoga is promoted as an effective

way of achieving inner peace. Meditation, especially, is highly practiced by all people,

irrespective of any differences. Yoga has also brought together people from different walks of

life, different religions, or different races. Yoga in its present form is epitome of the principle of

‘Vashudhev Kutumbakam.’

Yoga has a direct impact on the practitioner’s life. In the stressful and busy human life of the 21st

century, practicing Yoga gives you minutes of mindfulness and calmness. These few moments of

relaxation are enough to shape our meaning in life while providing physical, mental, and social

well-being. Knowledge from thousands of years ago is now transforming human lives in

different ways. This knowledge itself is evolving, and now the time is for us to grow into better


Art and Science of Yoga

--Yashi Jain

Yoga is both art and science. Encompassed with beautiful movements ranging from

Shirshasana to Dhanurasana, it lets us explore the limits of our bodies and push our

boundaries. It does not just unite the body and the mind; but also merges science and art,

drawing on aspects of both in ways that cause the boundaries to overlap and blend. In other

words, yoga offers a range of benefits as science tells us but is represented as art as if

wrapping up all its advantages in its magnificent poses. It may also be said that yoga is built

on a scientific foundation, but presented as art, similar to the way an engineer and architect

collaborate on an elegant skyscraper. Without the science, the building might collapse, but

without the shape and beauty of the final form, there is only a little interest in the structure

that supports it.

The art of yoga

Yoga is a portable art form that is free from costly equipments. All it requires is a sense of

adventure and a willingness to explore the vastness of the Self.

Yoga manifests itself as art by letting you connect to nature and by expressing the beauty of

the human body. A blogger might use the internet as a medium to express their writings or

art, a yogi uses their body as a means of expression. Everything a human does is an

expression of who they are. Some might dance, some may sing songs or maybe paint

pictures. Yoga in a way is diametrically opposite to this. It lets you become whatever you

want to, perhaps a dolphin one day and a butterfly the other, changing the fundamentals of

one's very existence. What is it that you can't be in a yoga session? Chakrasana to be a

wheel, Dhanurasana to be an arch, Bhujangasana to be a snake or the naukasana to be a

boat, literally anything you want to be. The geometry of all these different asanas is indeed a

visual appeal.

There is also an art to understanding and using yoga. Knowing what pose to do when, how

to assemble a sequence of asanas, is an art that is learned over time through experience.

Flowing from one asana to another to express something meaningful just like a painter might

assemble various shapes and figures to convey a meaning lies at the heart of yoga.

The science of yoga

The physiological benefits acquired from yoga have recently had radical scientific

understandings behind its workings. It moderates the surge and the production of chemicals

in the body that affect us mentally, physically as well as psychosomatically. So, let us

understand the science behind yoga and how is it beneficial for us.

Various studies and researches on yoga have shown that yoga reduces cortisol levels in our

body which is primarily responsible for stress and is often attributed as the stress hormone.

This helps in alleviating stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. Excess amounts of cortisol

also dampens the effectiveness of the immune system. Yoga moderates the production of

cortisol, thus boosting immunity.

Yoga also is proven to reduce inflammation in our body, which is a normal immune response,

but chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of pro-inflammatory diseases,

such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The range of motions in yoga require an enormous amount of strength. Making certain

postures and holding them for some time helps us develop muscular strength which further

helps in increasing our metabolism and thus helping extremely in weight loss. Also,

incorporating yoga into our daily routine helps improve our flexibility which reduces the

possibility of muscle and bone injury.

Some research has shown that yogis have a bigger brain volume in the regions that contain

mental mapping of our body. After conducting MRI scans, scientists have discovered that

people practicing yoga have more brain cells than the non-practitioners. With more hours of

practice per week, certain areas were more enlarged – a finding that hints that yoga was a

contributing factor to the bigger brain size.

Emerging research suggests yoga can increase body awareness, or attention to the

sensations and things going on inside you. Researchers think heightened body awareness

can improve how well people take care of themselves.

The best evidence available on yoga and it’s advantages is about it’s effectiveness in

reducing the lower back pain. Yoga does seem to help alleviate lower back pain, in both the

short and long term.

While yoga may look like just a couple of body-bending exercises to our eyes, a lot goes on

under the skin when we twist our spine and consciously breathe. Also, yoga is not just a set

of asanas that one performs on the mat, but rather a way of life. With a healthy body and

calm mind, one is bound to live a happier and stress-free life.

The Art and Science of Yoga

--Satyam Saurabh

The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yuj', meaning 'to unite.' Yoga unites the

body, mind, and spirit; and brings perfect harmony between them. So it merges science and

art, drawing on aspects of both in ways that cause the boundaries to overlap and blend. The

physiological benefit of yoga is to regulate the amount of chemicals in the body that affect us

mentally, physically, and psychosomatically. It is one of the fastest-growing and most

effective sports in today's world. Practicing yoga asanas has numerous health benefits, both

mental and physical. The minimalism of yoga also does away with the need for any heavy

equipment or large courts. As the activity of intellect becomes stronger in the world and

especially in academia, more people will shift towards yoga as it becomes the most popular

way of seeking well-being. Seeing a performance of exquisite yoga asanas is also quite

pleasing and desirable for an audience. It is an art of healthy living that brings emotional


The whole of yoga is based on the scientific approach, and It has not been recognized in the

past. As we move to the modern era, more and more people are trying to comprehend the

scientific principle and precise benefit. It has been practiced for a long time due to huge

medical benefits and interest. Practicing yoga can improve the immunity system by reducing

cortisol hormones. It can cure addiction by modulating dopamine concentration. It is

paramount to teach yoga to children for controlling impulsiveness, Obsessing and seeking

behaviour. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system that maintains the stress and

anxiety levels in our body. It helps in secreting the antioxidants that are the best scavenger

for the free radicals that can cause untreatable diseases like cancer. It eliminates the

negative thoughts and brings positive energy that makes people more self-aware and self-

preservation. The popularity of yoga is increasing day by day, and it is also accepting

western culture. Many medical practitioners recommend yoga as a complementary

technique to cure illness and an alternative to surgery in some cases. The cutting-edge

research on yoga is also giving the underlying therapeutic value.

The aesthetic beauty of yoga can be considered an art. The geometry of different asanas

seems very exquisite, and its architecture gives the true nature of visual attractiveness. The

human body is the medium to represent various art forms. Artists and yogis have the same

idea of innovation to portray art. The way of practicing yoga, the timing of particular asanas,

correct posture, and good technique to reach special poses is an art. It can only learn

through practice and become a master over time. Both experienced yogis and artists teach

new learners with great zeal and zest. Yoga is a perfect balanced mixture of science and art.

It has to be understood correctly to take full advantage. We need to emphasize both aspects

to gain the full spectrum of yoga, physical, mental, social, spiritual, and yogic transmission.

Yoga is not just a set of asanas and meditation that we practice regularly but rather a way of

life to live. The key formula for a happy and stress-free life is a healthy body and a calm

mind. It is the time to spread yoga to all corners of the world and that will be helpful in every


The art and science of yoga

--Maitreyee Khobragade

Yoga is often considered one of the best forms of exercise. But no focus is given to the

science behind it. This discipline is never seen as an art but just a form of physical activity.

In reality, art and science – together make the backbone of Yoga. This makes learning about

Yoga more interesting.

What does art actually mean? Art is the skill to perform a particular course. It is a technique

of creating things. Hence, Yoga in itself is an art. Art is represented in various forms, and

so is Yoga. Yoga comes in different forms like power yoga, restorative yoga, etc. Many

people practice Yoga but, a few follow the proper way of doing it. As a result, one needs to

have the expertise and guidance for practicing it as an art. It is believed as the best

creations of history. People all around the world come to India and learn this art. This art

helps one to attain inner peace and strength. It changes a person’s perspective of the world

positively. Pursuing it as a hobby improvises health and physique. One might look at Yoga

as an art of shaping oneself.

Nowadays, individuals seek for scientific basis in their surroundings most of the time. And

Yoga has been looked upon as an ancient Indian Science. Science always evolves. Yoga

has evolved from ancient to modern times. Anciently, it was considered a philosophical

science encompassing thought of great sages. It has changed from spirituality to fitness in

modern times. What is better in Yoga than other exercises? Yoga is believed to be anabolic

(energy-creating) whereas, some exercises are believed to be catabolic (energy-

consuming). This is because Yoga is slow and controlled body movements with coordinated

breathing. Each asana is supposed to serve a purpose. These purposes include improving

the muscular system, digestive system, blood circulation, circadian rhythm, metabolism,

mental stability, etc. Holding the asana helps the practitioner to attain constancy and to

build up muscle strength without needing exercise equipment. Numerous chemicals are

released that bring up the necessities to the body and mind. Thus, Yoga has a scientific


Nevertheless, one needs to have proper knowledge of the art and science of Yoga before

practising it, so that the best results can be obtained. Yoga serves the role of art and

science in a way that benefits us humans. It has made this universe full of optimistic energy.

The Art & Science of Yoga

--Pranav Niturkar

Firstly, what do these words stand for? What do they mean to you? Can one ever settle to

any definition? If yes, you already know it! If not, then isn't it some random gibberish? How

can one know? Any definition one settles to, kills it! The word, the concept, the

understanding, the observation, etc. is nowhere close to what IT IS!

Art... Is it an escape from the so-called reality? Is it an expression? Is it illogical? Given a

text, can someone declare, is it a poem? Given a picture with random colourful patches, is it

not a painting? A song? Isn't language, art? Isn't it fascinating how we communicate! Isn't

science an art? Exactly what part of Life is not art?

Science... Is it a man-made web of connections between words or symbols? Suppose we

give into the narrative about "the body of human knowledge" & researchers being those who

keep adding to it, is that what science IS? Has science become a luxury only a few can

afford? Can it be limited to ones with acquired taste?

Yoga... It's one of the many experiences like Love, Insight, Wonder, etc. Being subjective,

one can only talk about what it's not! None can tell you what it is. No one needs to!

Rehearse for Verse

योग करैं सब प्रतिदिन प्रातेः

बुद्धि शीतल, तन स्वस्थ,‌ होई ।

जो बैठे मनमैं बुरे विचारे

तो योग सबही व्यर्थ होई।।

तन सहित मन शुद्धि कीजै

प्रेमभाव जब मनमैं होई

जगत सबही परिवार लगै जब

योग तबही सुफल होई।।

~प्रणव माहेश्वरी

कह तो दूं मैं

इसमें मेरा क्या जाता हैं

सुन लोगे तुम

खुल जाएंगे सब दरवाजे

बस कह सकता तो जरूर कहता

सुन सको तो मेरी चुप्पी सुन लो…

~प्रणव निटुरकर

जब तक साँस भी अपनी

महसूस न कर पाऊं मैं

योगा कैसे होगा?

~प्रणव निटुरकर

Arch your spine, lift your legs;

hold your toe and make a nice bow,

If not yet there, try again and again until you get there;

Once in the pose hold on to that bow, it hurts sometimes

I know,

Come back again and relax, pat yourself on the back;

Don't mistake it as the end, it is where it all begins;

Because if you want to be a yogi, consistency

will be the key to your proficiency

--Mahima Gautam

On gleaming polished woodfloor

I become a butterfly, snake or a tree

To burn the muscles of my arm and core

Setting my limbs and back free

--Yashi Jain

I do yoga,

not to become a yogi ,

But to save myself

from becoming a rogi !

--Chandana Rao

योग है एक आघ्यात्मिक अनुशासन

विश्वात्मा के संयोग में है इसका पालन

ऋग्वेद में है इसका उल्लेख

युज से उत्पत्ति मतलब होता मेल

हिन्दुस्तान इसका मूल स्थान है

विश्वभर में योग गुरु से पहचान है

मोक्ष प्राप्ति का यह एक रास्ता है

विज्ञान से बहुत गहरा वास्ता है

बीमारियों का है सहज उपचार

जीने को मिलेंगे साल एक सौ चार

मन पर न होगा प्रभाव दुराचार

बस करना है इसका अभ्यास

21 जून हुआ योग दिवस का ऐलान

योगा ने बनाया नये नये कृतिमान

स्वस्थता के मूलमंत्र का बहुत बड़ा सार

आधुनिक जीवन शैली का होगा इससे बेड़ा पार

प्रकृति से मिला है मुफ्त उपहार

जानवरों ‌में भी आसन‌ के संस्कार

हम सबको आज ही प्रतिज्ञा लेना है

बेहतर समाज के लिए योग अपनाना है।।

~सत्यम सौरभ

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