Health and Ayurveda

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Emotions, Stress, and Health – Coping Strategies Through Yoga Proper Relation

Various theorists argue that emotions result from our attempts to adapt to the environment. Evidence suggests that all humans experience a common set of emotions. Lazarus (1991) has suggested that these emotions can be described by their core relational themes.
By adopting this term, Lazarus emphasizes that our emotional responses grow out of our interactions with the environment (are relational); are highly cognitive; and are often complex, frequently involving two or more emotions operating simultaneously. Identifying the various core themes in an emotional response would obviously help us to reduce its complexity.
Yoga is a life of self discipline based on the tenets of “simple living and high thinking”. To the ancient yogis, the body was seen as a vehicle for the soul, and this is a useful metaphor in the modern context. Just as a car requires a lubricating system, a battery, a cooling system, the proper fuel, and a responsible driver behind the wheel, so the body has certain needs if it is to function smoothly.
Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Dutta
Kolkata (WB)


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