Can women do yoga
God created man and woman to be equal partners shared the hardships and rewards of life, its joys and sorrows. If we compare the life with the chariot, the man and woman are the two wheels. Material and spiritual duties equally borne by men and women. They both want to have good health, peace of mind and lead a balanced life.
Yoga is good for men and women. Women need yoga even more than men, because nature has laid upon them a greater responsibility than men.
The art of yoga is as ancient as the Vedas. When we read the stories of those times, we have the impression that in many areas women are superior. None other than goddess Parvati, the first knows the science of yoga, prompting God Shiva to teach her.
Maitreya, the wife of a great yogi and philosopher Yajnavalkya, has achieved the freedom of the spirit through yoga. This art taught her husband, whose teachings contained in the book Johaynamilca.
In a well-known episode from the Ramayana describes the parting of the Frame with their friends, when he was exiled for 14 years and sent to live in the forest. His mother Kausala and grief, knew that no blessing was uttered with tears in his eyes, will not bring good luck. To achieve self-control, she became involved in asanas and pranayama, and only when, recovered from the shock and found peace, came to Rama and blessed him.
In the Mahabharata, the reference to the prisoner the Sisso, daughter of king Pradhan, who was a student and has achieved excellence in yoga. During one of the debates about yoga, she won Janaka, the king of Mithila.
Given in the Indian epics legend of Madalasa serves as a perfect example of women Yogini. Madalasa was a faithful and devoted wife of king Radhaji. According to the rite of sati, she committed self-immolation, thinking that her husband is dead, but Avatara of Nagaraja revived it as Radhaji was alive. At first she didn’t recognize her husband because he forgot all his former life. However, after she was initiated into the art of yoga the memory came back to her. Now Madalasa learned of her husband and became a great admirer of yoga.
In the Vedic age women were treated with great respect. Manu Smriti speaks of them as goddesses.
Where respect women, where the gods live.
Where they are ignored, all works are in vain.
In the Vedic era, there were cases in which women had undergone the initiation ceremony, they studied the Vedas in the Gurukula (house of teachers), trained in different arts such as wrestling, archery, yoga, music and drama. Over time, the position of women in society became more and more minor and her freedom is jeopardized even if she was respected as a mother and it was assigned some social responsibilities. Considered to be the weaker sex and thus deprived of social status, privileges she enjoyed in the Vedic era. She was denied the Gurukula and the ceremony of initiation. She closed the access to the study of philosophy, of science, art, and yoga, so that her situation has worsened.
The later history of India is full of the battles with the invaders invaded from the North-West. Indian women suffered from their social insecurity. Despite this, some women Yogini successfully spread the yogic system all over India: for example, Lalla, Holy fourteenth century from Kashmir, and the Holy Bahinabai preached yoga and meditation; Sharada Devi, wife of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, was versed in yoga and pranayama,
The path of yoga is open to all, regardless of race, caste, creed and gender. Every may through yoga to attain liberation.
Nowadays the situation of women has improved considerably in comparison with periods of smṛti, the purāṇas and even later history. Her intelligence, insight and creative power found room for fuller expression. On the stage of life she is a performer of many roles — daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. In all these roles a woman should be on top.
In Samkhya Yoga woman is compared to Prakriti (nature). Like nature, it must always be active. Only under this condition, she is doing well and her house is filled with joy. No wonder Kalidasa brings a woman in the role of life-giving sparks in family life. This is the spark engine the upliftment of society.
Besides the above mentioned traditional role for a woman in this age of universal competition have to play some additional roles: doctor, lawyer, politician, teacher — and with them she copes.
However, when daily struggle exhausts even the upper limits of her endurance, physical and mental fatigue lead to a weakening of its natural interest in family and children, and then to indifference and disappointment.
The body must pass through all four stages of its development:
childhood, adolescence, middle age and old age. At all four stages there are changes in the psyche, and each of them person is faced with internal problems and internal conflicts. This leads to the breakdown of physical and mental functions, and the woman (and man) spends a lot of energy to achieve emotional balance during transition periods.
Motherhood is the purpose of a woman. This is not a simple physical state, and the state of the divine. Motherhood adorns her so sacred attributes, like love, dedication, devotion, tolerance, kindness, and hard work. For her Supreme religion — its swadharma. These properties are deeply embedded in the nature of women. Sometimes, being overwhelmed by the difficulties of existence, it is because of these features becomes somewhat servile, because it cannot cope with the abundance of the responsibilities entrusted to it by nature. Sometimes she wants freedom and intellectual takeoff, but religious beliefs keep her and give her a sense of duty. The Bhagavad Gita has taught the woman to perform all of its duties without expectation of reward. The endless struggle of the woman and the mother associated with labor and responsibility, taught her sensibly to perceive the inconsistency of the world, without losing my temper.
All of this is the role of mothers, wives, sisters, and friends — is given to the woman dearly, both physical and mental terms. Stabilization physical and mental States achieved through asanas and pranayama. In doing her salvation.
We will now consider, what is the essence of health, namely the nature of the physical and mental well-being.