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Yoga is primarily a philosophical science, born out of man's need to fathom the meaning of existence. Patanjali, the father of yoga, states in the second sutra, (the yoga sutras):"Yogah cittavrtti nirodhah." (yogah = integration of all levels of our being; citta = consciousness; vrtti = fluctuation or state of mind; nirodhah = restraint) - meaning, "Yoga is the cessation of consciousness." The ultimate aim of yoga is self-evolution. In ancient times, when people lived the yogic way, good health was the natural result of their lifestyle. But, as health deteriorated with man's changing values, yoga gained ground in its use as therapy.

Patanjali explained that uncertain action, giving rise to violence, whether done directly or indirectly, or condoned, is caused by greed, anger, or delusion in different degrees. This causes endless pain and ignorance. Through introspection comes an end to pain and ignorance. This sutra explains the essence of the genesis of ill-health in today's world and also the method of management. Diseases are due not just to physical reasons but to decay in moral standards also. So the curative methods, should not be confined to the material plane alone.

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