Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

: 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 2137--2138

Salutogenesis and Yoga – Are they similar?

Reena Doomra1, Anjana Goyal2,  
1 Department of Pharmacology, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India

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Dr. Reena Doomra
Department of Pharmacology, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana

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Sense of coherence (SOC), as explained in the Salutogenic model in the earlier issue under Evidence-based summary 'Salutogenesis: A bona fide guide towards health preservation'is associated with good health and a sense of well-being. SOC is a theoretical concept that means that an individual should be in a positive frame of mind and an adaptive predisposition that can help him cope-up with adversities and maintain good health.[1],[2]

In Geeta, Yoga means 'balanced', 'Yuktahara viharascha' means maintaining balance in life at all times. When the mind is alert and stays where the body is, it is termed yoga. The word 'Yoga' carries happiness with it. Yoga means peace, prosperity, progress and being soul-conscious. 'Salutogenesis' is preparing an individual for active adaptation during adversities.

To perform any job irrespective of age requires a body that is free from disease. One must have sound health and a sound mind. A student, a worker or any individual can progress in life if he has a healthy or disease-free body and a peaceful mind.

The only constant in life is change. Life is constantly changing, and in a similar way, our thoughts and emotions are constantly shifting from one to the other. So, whenever there is a change for the good, people are happy; but a change leading to adverse situations, or tough times may lead to dissatisfaction, frustration, irritation, physical illness and even derangement in an individual.[3] The lack of understanding and forbearance can dissolve the goodness of a human being, and to tide over the situation, yoga becomes important. The practice of yoga or a SOC helps an individual attain a sound body and mind, and also helps to maintain the humanness in human being.

Good health is of utmost importance to all, and because our body is the only instrument through which we can act and perform various duties, it is our duty that we take care of the same by devoting some time every day.

For sound body and mind, the following six rules if adhered to would make the life more complete and joyful [4]:

Eat half the stomach fullDrink double amount of water as food intakeExercise three-foldLaugh four-foldWork five-foldRepeat God's name six-fold.

Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh explained yoga as an 'integration and harmony between thought, word and deed, or integration between head, heart and hands'.[5] By regular practice, awareness develops between emotional, mental and physical levels, and an individual can be in good health.

Thus, yoga provides a direction for people to remain healthy with a positive frame of mind. Similarly, expansion of the salutogenic model by family physicians would greatly help the individuals and the society and thus decrease the burden of diseases like cardiovascular disease.

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