Today Yoga has got global recognition and exalted status as an ancient health-building system. We have reached a stage where most people have a greater appreciation for Yoga as a complete medical science and philosophy of life and increased acceptance of its scientific reasoning and basis. Yoga is not just physical exercise but a holistic medical science; it is a philosophy of life, a spiritual knowledge. People suffering from any disease should take to yoga for regaining health.
Institute of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences was established in the year 2007-08. The Institute offered three academic programs, namely, M.A. in Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences, PG Diploma in Naturopathic Science and Yoga, and Certificate Programme in Yoga.
On May 27, 2020, on the occasion of the centennial celebration of the University, a new Faculty of Yoga and Alternative Medicine was established under self finance mode with two departments viz. Yoga and Naturopathy. The Institute of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences was merged in the Department of Yoga under this new Faculty situated in Second Campus of University of Lucknow.
The curriculum of the Programmes has been designed to provide students ample knowledge about the historical background of Yoga, various dimensions of Yoga including its physical aspects which encompass the three guiding principles of good health; transformation of the physical body with Yoga; prana (vital life force) and its role; about the need of pranayam; mental and the spiritual aspects of Yoga, role and effectiveness of pranayam in the Yogic practice including pranayam in the Vedas and the Upanishads; mechanical analysis of pranayam; rules for practicing pranayam; useful bandhs in pranayam; benefits of pranayam for the treatment of diseases; Yoga in Sports Medicine.
An OPD named the Yog avm prakritik chikista vahy rogi kendra (yoga and naturopathy outdoor patient center) is attached with the Institute. It caters to the teachers and students of the University. This Faculty conducts workshops and organizes therapeutic health camps related to Yoga and Meditation, International Day of Yoga since 2015. It also conducts free yoga sessions for the students, employees, teachers and their families. During the yoga sessions, the experts deliver discourses, teach meditation, and conduct question-answer sessions with the attendees. The centre also hosts annual and other festivals related to Yoga. The OPD also houses a naturopathy center. The students learn not just Yoga, but also the message of world peace, which is the crux of the ancient yogic knowledge focussed on health, peace, and self-realization for all.
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