Dr. Vineeta Ketkar is a practicing family physician in Pune with an experience of over 30 years. She also offers Yogic Health Services and undertakes Yoga training programmes at her Yoga Institutes at Pune, at Shivajinagar and Vishrantwadi.
HappyAging met Dr. Vineeta at her clinic in Vishrantwadi, Pune and asked her about Yoga and its benefits.
She explained how Yoga, an ancient Indian science of meditation and relaxation, was helping the society in recent times. She herself has been practicing Yoga since the last 20-25 years. Her interest in Yoga started with her own keenness to maintain her personal health. On realizing the therapeutic value of Yoga, Dr. Ketkar got involved in it more deeply. She runs two Yoga centres in Pune where the knowledge of Yogic science is imparted for educational as well as clinical purposes.
Dr. Vineeta explains that Yogic science is a combination of Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Sage Patanjali had written the “Yoga Sutra” more than 2000 years ago, which forms the basis of teh knowledge on postures and uses of Yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga means 8 limbs: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. Each limb means a different aspect of Yoga. Achieving each requires concentration and balance of mind and body.
Yama and Niyama are disciplinary limbs. Asana is for physical and psychological efficiency. Pranayama is for energy maintenance. Pratyahara is the limb of quieting our mind. Dharana and Dhyana help regulating our cognitive functions. Samadhi is the achievement of ultimate inner peace. Yoga impacts physical, psychological, emotional and cognitive functions of our body, explains Dr. Ketkar.
She also added that Hatha Yoga deals with the purification of the body. A form of Yoga known as Rope Belt therapy has been developed by BKS Iyengar and Dr. S.V. Karandhikar from Pune for musculoskeletal conditions.
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