Sleep is a protective physiological phenomenon which asserts itself except in certain conditions of disease.Nature has provided for this rest, occurring between varying periods after every form of sustained activity.It is not so much the period of sleep as the depth of sleep which is important for persons who get up with tired feeling even after a prolonged sleep have really not rested.
Although any comfortable position of the body may be regarded as suitable for sleep modern scientists alike the ancient yogins commend sleeping on the right side or daksinasana as a very favourable position for such a purpose.The secret of sleep however should be learned from the technique of voluntary general relaxation which when successful has been found to be even more beneficial to both the body and mind than sleep.Besides the valuable experiments on sleep by Strumpell Mosso and others the charts of laboratory data on yoga relaxation appearing in our various publications when studied comparatively conclusively prove how this particular type of relaxation assures far more favourable physiological reactions than sleep.For example in yoga relaxation the fall in the number of respiration blood pressure and the reduction of beats in the pulse are nearly 10 p.c over those obtainable in ordinary sleep.
Whatever the objective it is wrong to suppose that without proper care of the body good health could be maintained or that profound experiences in higher life are possible even without good health.Scientific Yoga therefore wisely regards both good health and longevity as the essential fruits of physical education which alone provide for the enabling circumstances that transform the sporadic subliminal experiences into the mature and habitual realization of Self.
As the first step these yoga practices supply woman with a safe and rational system of physical education which proposes through positive and sedate good health to lay the real foundation for the attainment of the sublime heights of ideal womanhood and this in no sense through an obscure process of mysticism but through the analytical precision of an exact science.
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