International Journal of Yoga

: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 173-

Comment on “moving from models to mechanisms in yoga research”

Sushrutha Shivanna 
 Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Vedic Sciences, MIT-ADT University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Sushrutha Shivanna
School of Vedic Sciences, MIT-ADT University, Pune, Maharashtra

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The editorial “Moving from Models to Mechanisms in Yoga Research”[1] tries to draw attention toward providing mechanism in the field of Yoga health research. It suggests incorporating a pragmatic approach to the most popular Yogic and Upanishadic ideas such as Panchakosha, Prana, and Citta.

Modern medicine succeeded because alongside palliate solution from the temporary pain, model and mechanisms are shown as evidently as possible. Randomized controlled trials and case studies in drug trials have exhibited correlation between the causes and connected ailments using the interventional methods which pushed forward medicinal application. Therefore, along with models, to provide mechanisms becomes inevitable in any medical system.

Application of modern methodology to some extent gained a foothold in alternative therapies also. This is evident if one looks at yoga research itself. The very usage “alternative therapy” indicates nonacceptance in totality of a system. Every alternative therapy system is forcing to adopt the same method of allopathy to make itself a mainstream therapy for various reasons, mainly financial and making that system exclusive from other models.

Challenge-The prominent challenge of all alternative therapies from model to mechanism, especially in respect with Yoga is its very idea of working with factors which are beyond the physical plane. The moment one starts researching in these areas, one invariably moves into areas that are beyond just physical. However, this does not prevent one to develop a mechanism for that model.

 Health – a By-product of Balanced Lifestyle

Vedic lifestyle,-Yoga, Ayurveda, Darshana, Dharmashastra, Smriti and any other text for that matter, offer the philosophy of life with a specific goal i.e., freedom from every type of bondage, namely “Moksha.” Also, they say, in order to achieve this goal, one has to keep the body, mind, and soul healthy, so that intended goal is successfully achieved. Health is not for the sake of health, but for the sake of something bigger in life. Although Ayurveda and Yoga explain the models and mechanisms of body–mind health, their goal is for progression toward Moksha alone. Therefore, when one restores body–mind health, one must remember the goal. Health is the consequence of correct lifestyle.

 Models and Mechanisms

Models give a perspective for lifestyle, but mechanisms suggest technological solutions. Panchakosha system of Upanishad, Dosha-Prakriti of Ayurveda, Chittabhumis of Yoga, Antahkarana Chatushtaya of Vedanta, Guna of Sankhya, and many more are very much essential to navigate the locus of troubles, but along with mechanism, each model completes the process of healing, allowing a healer and a patient with better handling methods.

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1Srinivasan TM. Moving from models to mechanisms in yoga research. Int J Yoga 2020;13:1-2.