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Yoga is more physical than spiritual in Western countries- Yoga Guru Dr. Acharya Nisha

Yoga is more physical than spiritual in Western countries- Yoga Guru Dr. Acharya Nisha
By Dr. Dilip N. Pandit

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions; it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term yoga in the Western world often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga, consisting largely of the postures called asanas.

Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy. Yoga is more physical than spiritual in Western countries. These views were express by Yoga Guru Dr.Acharya Nisha Joshi when interacting with Dr. Dilip N Pandit , Editor of Alma Today  and Alma Times. She spoke at length on various topics and contemporary Yoga practices in universal scenario. 

She is a distinguished and adept yoga practitioner, researcher, teacher and therapist with rich experience and thorough understanding of yoga and also the Director of Yog Ganga Scientific and Spiritual Research Center National Center for Yoga Education and Research and Nisha Joshi Yoga Academy (NJYA), a well renowned institute of yoga established in Indore in 2011. Presently she is a Senior Visiting faculty of Yoga Department at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore (M.P.).

She says that many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of modern yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive. Yoga binds human values, spirituality and culture with synergy of body and mind. Yoga was listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. 

As she feels that Classical yoga incorporates epistemology, metaphysics, ethical practices, systematic exercises and self-development techniques for body, mind and spirit. Its epistemology (pramana) and metaphysics is similar to that of the Sāṅkhya School. The metaphysics of Classical Yoga, like Sāṅkhya, is mainly dualistic, positing that there are two distinct realities. These are prakriti (nature), which is the eternal and active unconscious source of the material world and is composed of three gunas, and the puruṣas (persons), the plural consciousnesses which are the intelligent principles of the world, and are multiple, inactive and eternal witnesses. Each person has a individual puruṣa, which is their true self, the witness and the enjoyer, and that which is liberated. Classical Yoga or Astanga Yoga (Yoga of eight limbs) is mainly the type of Yoga outlined in the highly influential Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The origins of the Classical Yoga tradition are unclear, though early discussions of the term appear in the Upanishads.

Her dedication in Yoga practice and therapy has been appreciative.She brings together Yoga with her education, work, and life experiences to encourage, guide and support the evolution of all individuals, communities and our planet. She provide an unconditionally supportive, compassionate and safe therapeutic space in which clients can express their needs, voice their desires, face their challenges, transform their limiting beliefs and collaboratively work towards becoming the masters of their own mind's to invite more peace, harmony and joy into their lives.