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Role of Yoga in Salutogenesis

Geena Mary G

Keywords : yoga, health promoting, lifestyle modifications, salutogenesis, positive health

Citation Information : G GM. Role of Yoga in Salutogenesis. 2016; 6 (2):73-75.

DOI: 10.5005/jsd-6-2-73

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 19-08-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


The term yoga originates from Sanskrit which denotes “to join” or “to unite”[1], and term salutogenesis originates from latin and greek meaning health and origin respectively [7]. Though the origin of both differs, their concept towards health application is the same. Early vedic literature on yoga reveals it was a way of meditation practiced by ancient Indian saints to control body and mind activities.[1] Aaron Antonovsky a medical sociologist belonging to late 20th century, felt that human well being is related to stress free lifestyle and adapting to life as it comes and he proposed model namely salutogenic model which deals with abovementioned factors[7]. Stress and lifestyle modifications which offflate are the predisposing factors for deadly non communicable diseases have to maneuvered to save the future generation. Hence, management for human well being could be handled by yoga through salutogenic approach since both are considered to be the medical model rather than surgical model of treating disease, wherein the disease is managed taking into considerations of health status, physical and mental condition of a person to achieve well being.

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