There are many types of Yoga. However, here we are concerned with physical exercises only.
Yogic kriyas like Kunjal, Shanprakshalan, Neti, Dhauti, Kapal Bhati, Nauli etc. are processes of purification of the body which precede Yoga and help in eliminating toxic accumulations from the body.
Asanas are certain body postures which greatly improve the blood circulation, tones up the blood vessels and mainly work on endocrine glands and the nervous system which are inter-related with other systems. Asanas also help remove accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes from the body.
Pranayama increases absorption of oxygen and activates the vital organs of the system. It also cleans the entire respiratory system making respiration smooth and effortless.
Yoganidra or chittashuddhi is a Yogic tranquilliser which helps achieve total physical,mental and emotional relaxation.
Naturopathy heals or cures the body , while Yoga maintains thereafter. The two, in combination, enable one a healthy life throughout and even at old age.
But, unfortunately, the advocates of one are generally averse to the other. Naturopaths do accept Yoga in some areas (though not in full spirit), while Yogis are generally adamant and consider Yoga as "The be-all and end-all" , which is a misconception. It is, however, advisable to follow and have equal faith in both to get long-term benefits.
Meditation too has made great contribution to good health. There is absolutely nothing greater than meditation - a panacea, if practised with absolute obedience and under the able guidance of a perfect master ( Guru).
In its own humble way, the Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (INYS), Bangalore has been conducting extensive research on evolving a complete medical system, utilising Nature Cure,Yoga, Diet and Meditation with particular emphasis on Asthma, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hypertension for the last eighteen years with excellent results. Research has been conducted for the above said diseases and directed for the benefit of patients.
Some patients get perturbed and unnecessarily frightened just by hearing about or learning of the healing crisis. But what is it, after all ? Generally,large amounts of toxins and morbid matter get accumulated in the body following toxic food /drinks, medicines and drugs taken for a prolonged period while the patient is undergoing treatment.Sometimes it is not so easy to drain them out during the normal cleansing process and the symptoms of the disease get aggravated. Hence, the patient experiences a healing crisis (acute manifestation of the symptoms of disease). Frightened by the crisis some patients lose heart, get frustrated, abandon the treatment and go back to previous physician of other medical systems.
This is in fact a blunder. If patients show the perseverance and the will power, their diseases could be treated with fantastic results. Even though Naturopaths could easily suppress this crisis, it would amount to interference with the cleansing work of the body’s defensive forces, and hence it is against the philosophy of Naturopathy.
An example may make it more clear. Suppose, a sewer is passing through your street and if it is not cleaned for long, it will stink, even if it is covered with slabs. But when it is opened for cleaning and the cleansing process starts, it will surely give rise to such an offensive smell, that you may feel like running away from the place lest you catch an infectious disease. However, when this drain is thoroughly cleaned with lot of fresh water, and disinfected, the smell will disappear, and the cleanliness will so transform the place that you will not possibly hesitate to sit on the slab of that very drain. So, you can easily understand which part of the whole process is the healing crisis.
In view of the above , the healing crisis should not be viewed as a dreadful consequence but as the Nature’s effort to overcome the disease. It is the Naturopath’s utmost duty to motivate and educate the patient during such a crisis and build confidence in him.