Vidyadhar Joshi, a yoga practitioner from Nashik, Maharashtra has seriously taken up yoga as a way of life and is inspiring others. We caught up with him, who explains why Yoga is necessary to keep the body and mind free from stress, in an exclusive interview with Zotezo.
Here are the full excerpts of his interview.
Zotezo Team: What is Yoga and it’s history?
Vidyadhar Joshi: Yog is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, which means joining, coming or bringing together. It means joining our soul to super power – joining Atma to Parmatma. Yuj also means concentrate. Yog has the meaning of samadhi i.e. prevention of all actions of chitra. Yog typically means the union of mind body and spirit. As the name suggests, the ultimate aim of practicing Yoga is to create a balance between the body and the mind which leads to self enlightenment. It is associated with a healthy and lively lifestyle with a balanced approach to life.
About Yoga’s history he says that, the origin can be traced into Vedas. References are found both in Vedas and Upanishads. Yoga is found almost 5000 years back. In the yogic lore Shiva is seen as the first Yogi or Adi Yogi and the first Guru or Adi Guru.
Zotezo Team: Why has Yoga become popular in the last decade?
Vidyadhar Joshi: He says that during the last decade, health problems like Hypertension, Diabetes is on the rise. Even Unemployment, frustration and stress revolving around jobs is affecting our lives. Yoga promotes relaxation and is associated with a healthy and lively lifestyle which can help to reduce stress, health issues and frustration of not fulfilling family dreams.
Zotezo Team: What inspired you to start practicing Yoga?
Vidyadhar Joshi: Yoga means to create balance between body and mind leading to self enlightenment. Being associated with with a balance approach to life these things about yoga inspired me to start practicing Also it has benefits to reduce life and job stress which has reduced after practicing yoga and he says, the need for self enlightenment inspired him to transform his life with Yoga.
Zotezo Team: What change did Yoga make in your life?
Vidyadhar Joshi: As yoga is living art of life with discipline it changed my life. Before starting yoga practice, my daily schedule was irregular however after practicing yoga it has become more disciplined. Another important change is that I have a balanced approach to life and it has considerably reduced my stress.
Zotezo Team: What are the benefits of Yoga for stress?
Vidyadhar Joshi: Yoga is beneficial for stress and stress related behavioral psychosomatic disorders. The mental hygiene is also maintained. Hence the body and mind is stress free.
Zotezo Team: Which type of Yoga is best for stress relief?
Vidyadhar Joshi: At the present age, yogic approaches based on Hatha, Mantra and Raja Yoga are mostly used for the treatment of psychosomatic diseases. He specifically mentions:
“One of the main concepts in yoga is being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others, which is a powerful tool for stress relief since much of our stress comes from us being hard on ourselves or frustrated with others”
Zotezo Team: What are the various type of Yogasanas that one can do at home to reduce stress?
Vidyadhar Joshi: Any asana which gives good and thorough stretch to the spinal cord can provide relaxation and relief in stress. Start with learning Ujjayi breath and use it in each pose. Take a deep slow breath through your nose and exhale through your nose while constricting the back of your throat in the “ha” shape, but keep your mouth closed. Your breath should be loud enough that someone next to you can hear it. After performing these asanas always perform complimentary asanas such as Bhujangasan.
Zotezo Team: Any office Yoga poses which can be done for stress reduction?
Vidyadhar Joshi: As far as stress reduction in the office is concerned, poses like forward & backward bending as well as side ways bending will reduce stress. Below are the poses that can be done:
- Setu Bandhasana
Zotezo Team: Finally, can Yogasanas be beneficial for diabetes & Hypertension which have become very common health problems?
Vidyadhar Joshi: He says that for Diabeters & Hypertension, Yogasanas can be beneficial. For Diabetes, one can perform, Paschimottanasan and For Hypertension, Shavasana is the best. One precaution to be taken that during Shavasana is that one must remain awake and does not fall asleep.