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The refusal to study hatha yoga is short-sighted, narrow-minded, and unjustified, for this--as the yoga of body control--lays some foundation for the mental and higher yogas. Hatha yoga is not concerned only with gaining abnormal physical power as the opponents seem to believe, but also with gaining physical health, freedom from sickness, abundant vitality, and especially a purified nervous system and disciplined instincts. The Indian government subsidizes an ashram for the scientific study of hatha yoga, not far from Bombay, because of the resultant physical benefits.


-- Notebooks Category 5: The Body > Chapter 5: Exercise > # 90






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