The objective of this article is to bring about a clear understanding of the principles of Yoga therapy based upon the concepts laid down in the ancient text on Yoga,the Yoga-Sûtra of Patanjali,1 and the practical interpretation of the sûtras based on the experiential knowledge of Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar. The article tries to provide an understanding of health in the holistic sense, the causes and states of ill health, and the principles and means of reversing ill health to a state of total health of body, emotions, mind, intellect, and spirit through the practice of Yoga.

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