Man is a harmonious blending of body and spirit – a marvellous fusion of physical
structure, life-force and mental faculties that have evolved during countless millennia
to a very high level of perfection. The human being has come into this world with
a purpose, viz., to develop Consciousness to the fullest extend and achieve perfection
and everlasting peace. Although spiritual development is the goal of man, realization
is possible only if the physical body is maintained in a healthy condition. For
this, we must first of all know something about the structure and working of the
In the functioning of the human system, it is the life force that plays the main
role; the physical structure serves only as a container. A closer study of the human
being will reveal that it consists of five layers corresponding to the five elements:
ether or life-force, air, fire, water and solid. The body physical structure is
solid, blood is water/liquid, heat is electricity, air is oxygen and the life-force
The subtle life-force and the gross solid body are linked together by three media,
viz., liquid, heat and air. If the normal quantity and quality of these media and
the peace of their circulation within the human system are adversely affected in
any way, the life-force in its electrical function gets short-circuited and the
molecular arrangement in the physical body is disturbed. As a result, the life-force
gets obstructed, diverted or exhausted in proportion to the extent of the disturbance
and the intensity of the short-circuit. Whenever there is such a disturbance, it
is called ‘pain’. If it extends over a long period, it is known as ‘disease’.
In the modern scientific world human has exceled in the field of medicine to cure
the disease that happens due to unavoidable causes, he can recoup his health quickly
by assisting Nature to cure the illness speedily and successfully.
From time immemorial, various types of physical exercises have been formulated in
various countries according to the climatic conditions, the mode of life and various
factors prevailing in those countries. These exercises were to a large extent, formulated
to suit an earlier age which was one of leisure when things moved slowly. Times
have changed and we now live in an age of speed, stress and tension. Hence, our
needs too are different and we cannot blindly adopt the exercises devised long ago
that were found suitable for those times.
Our Master, Philosopher Shri Vethathiri Maharishi thought over this problem for
number of years and researched various yoga asana and exercises. He then coined
a very simplified exercise as an outcome of his research and practiced them for
many years and observed their results on his own body. Finally he systemized a series
of exercises which will be suitable for all climates, for all the sections of human
community men, women and children.
There are two aspects in simplified physical exercises: Postures and Movements.
The three media which we have referred earlier (Blood, heat and air) are circulating
in the human system one within the other according to their specific gravity and
they are governed by the centripetal pull exercised by the Earth. If rhythmic movement
given to the body part, all the three media are suitably regulated and hence various
parts of the body get cleansed, strengthened and rejuvenated.
If we practice these simple exercises regularly which will take only 30 minutes
to practise, then one can experience below benefits.
1) Oxygenize the human body.
2) Activate the endocrine glands.
3) Purify the blood and regulates its circulation.
4) Rejuvenate the whole physical system.
5) High level of immunity against diseases.