Interview with Yoga Acharya ,Dinesh Kumar
Question 1: What is the goal of Yoga itself?
Yoga is being termed as the removal of fluctuations of the mind. According to Patanjali the definition for " Yoga is, Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodaha " it is the removal of the fluctuations of the mind.
Question 2: “If that is the goal, then what is the best means to achieve that goal?”
Patanjali yoga sutras mainly deals with mind control to achieve concentration and physical asanas are one of the eight limbs of the Yoga system which is called as "ashtanga yoga" to achieve that purpose of the mind control or Chitta Vritti Nirodaha.Thus the emphasis of patanjali is more on mind than on Physical positions.
Question 3: How can yoga help people in the challenging times of fear, uncertainty and stress?
Stress and anxiety are everywhere. Yoga is a mind - Body practice that combines physical poses called 'Asanas', controlled breathing called' Pranayama', and Meditation called as' Dhyana'. So these three combined practice will help reduce stress ,lower the blood pressure and lower the heart rate as well. So practicing his combined format we can easily summarize the practice of Yoga will help with depression and the symptoms, such as low self esteem, difficulty in concentration or even anxiety disorders, persistent fear, panic ,anger and insomnia.
Question 4: Do you feel that yoga which had its origin in India and was taught by sages through ancient times should be made compulsory from early school days?
I feel YES.
· Children are more loaded with the burden of study in the present day as the parents also wants them to perform at the top slot at any cost.
· Because of this if they practice Yoga; it will provide the children with much needed break from their heavy schedule of studies and other activities.
· The present generation is suffering from postural defects as most of the time they work on laptops or they are busy with mobiles to some extent. So with the practice of Yoga they can maintain the right posture as well.
· Last but not the least to mention when the world is taken over by the computers everything is open on the internet, the practice of yoga helps the children to gain control over their mind and the body in all aspects.
Question 5: Most of the yoga asanas are derived from the postures of different animals, reptiles, birds etc. What is the rationale behind this?
Poses or the postures named after the birds,fish , peacock and so on and even sages ,nature remind us that we are very well connected to all creation.Each one of us exists as past, present and future all at once.For example if we talkabout Cat pose (Marjari Asana) they are by nature are most of the times we see them relaxing.When they are up you might have noticed they stretch their body, arch the spine ,and then soften again before moving.So with this example with the practice of this particular pose of replicating this particular and many other poses that are named after animals and birds, we can begin to embody the wisdom of their movements.
Question 6: Do you feel that advanced research should be conducted for yoga therapy?
YES, Looking at the present generation and innumerable diseases arising out of stress and considering the popularity of Yoga since early 70's I feel it is necessary to establish a Yoga research center at the earliest.
Question 7: what advice do you have in terms of dinacharya?
Dinacharya is the ayurvedic term for our daily routine. I always believe in just having a change in ones life style. Although it is very challenging to live completely according to the ancient routine which is mentioned in ayurveda it will be very much inspiring if one can create the time to make small changes like waking up early at sunrise ,witnessing the rise of the sun, being with the early morning air.
Cleaning up immediately by brushing the teeth, washing the face, exercising at least for 45 minutes, meditating for few minutes, taking shower after the exercise, having proper food rather than having junk food, getting ready for the work or school or college, having lunch at proper time, coming back home without wasting too much of time outside, having dinner early, doing some homework and going to bed at the right time say like not later than 10 pm, is what I feel is a good time table for a healthy Mind and Body.
Question 8: You said you preach yoga for pain management; Is that a really important aspect of yoga for you?
Yes, when I see people with lot of pain take lot of medicines without getting relief from it I do recommend them to have Yoga therapy sessions. By helping them with the right technique I see the transformation from chronic pain and stress responses into Chronic Healing responses of Mind and Body. Yoga has the opposite effect on the brain and can relieve the pain. Hence by using the right techniques for the pain management can help minimize the medication usage and help them to lead a happier life.
Question 9: When you are teaching a person who is suffering from persistent pain, how do you process that? How would you deal with that person's stress to overcome the pain in yoga therapy?
We assess the intensity of the pain in them. Of course they have the report from the doctor stating that from which type of pain they are suffering from. Based on that we use the props accordingly and we design a programme for the patient. For the first few days we may have to modify the use of the props and even the asanas and gradually we teach them the alignment of the body.
Question 10: Do you believe that those of us who live in a modernized culture suffer from unnecessary pain, such as stress?
YES, we all need to practice Yoga regularly to combat this one Mountain Word STRESS.