The bridge between material and
spiritual worlds; the panacea of all evils of life; the key that
opens the mystic world of spirituality... yes, we’re talking about
Yoga and Meditation. The concept of Yoga and Meditation is a rare
and invaluable gift that ancient India has offered to modern
As per ancient Indian scriptures the
definition of yoga is as follows:
Yogä Chittâ Vritti Nirödhâh – Patanjala Yoga Sutra 1:1
This means that Yoga is the cessation of all the
activities of conscious mind.
In this definition Yoga is taken in its absolute
meaning which also includes Meditation. In modern usage both the terms
have different meanings that can be taken as both sides of the same
Yoga, popularly known as Yoga Äsânäs,
(‘asana’ means ‘posture’ in Sanskrit) is a set of physical postures
that involve stretching of body in a systematic way. These postures,
when practiced regularly, opens up energy channels, sends out all
types of impurities from body and leads to a total balance of body and
Meditation is a technique that takes us to a
state in which conscious mind gets closed and the infinite energy from
the subconscious mind (the energy which is believed to be the Supreme
Intelligence or God.) opens up and takes the responsibility of every
aspect of our life. To put in simple terms, Meditation is a process
that takes our mind to a state of complete rest and stillness and
thereby gives us enormous energy and mental peace.
Since ages, human beings of all walks of life, in
almost every part of the world, have been seeking solace in
spirituality and meditation when everything in material world failed
to give them satisfaction and mental peace. It is no wonder that many
philosophers from all over the world acclaimed India as the land of
spirituality and traveled to India in their quest for absolute truth
and knowledge. As the increasing complexity of modern world leading to
more stress and tensions in life, the importance of Meditation and
Yoga is increasing day by day.
With a view to offer foreign travelers the ultimate
benefit of visiting this sacred land, Volunteering India has
been conducting training programs on Yoga and Meditation.
The key contents of these programs are:
||Fundamentals of ancient Indian philosophy and
approach to reach God or Absolute Truth.
||Yoga Asanas or ‘postures of Yoga’ as a system of
||The technique of Meditation.
||Valuable suggestions by Gurus (spiritual teachers)
about how to apply different concepts of spirituality in your
social and personal life.
||The practice of Yoga to cure a particular disease.
||A comprehensive guidance on how to include Yoga
and Meditation in your regular life.
It is proven by many scientific researches that
regular practice of Yoga and Meditation cures many chronic diseases
and also useful in hopeless cases like drug addiction.
Most of the participants of these programs have reported a miraculous
progress in their health and cure of several chronic diseases. We have
been receiving mails that express their happiness about the change
that Yoga and meditation has brought in their life style. One who
really wants to get the maximum from Indian tradition must participate
in volunteering India’s programs of Yoga & Meditation.