It has been beautifully quoted in The Bhagvad Gita that, “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Yoga is a combined form of physical, mental and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India. Since 2015, every year June 21 is celebrated as the International day of Yoga. This year due to the Pandemic and the social distancing measures followed by most countries the theme set by the United Nations is, “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home.”
The idea to categorize a day as the International day of Yoga was first proposed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27th September 2014, where he stated that, “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.” In the year 2015, The Reserve Bank of India issued a 10 rupee commemorative coin to mark the International Day of Yoga.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this year has somewhere lost its track but don’t let the Pandemic get on your physical and mental health and lose its track. Instead at times like this, its more like a wake-up call for us to start practicing yoga which will help in building our immunity and to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle. An over 4000-years-old practice of Yog or Yoga has numerous benefits. Its great for the relaxation of your mind from all the negative thoughts and to bring in positivity, Meditation has always been an integral part of yoga.
What are the other possible benefits of Yoga?
Healthier muscles- Yoga and the word flexibility are very much used together, but it does not mean that your body needs to be flexible to start yoga. Eventually by practicing yoga everyday, you will see that your body has become less rigid and that you have less pain in your joints and muscles. Postures like, Adho Mukha Svanasana and Urdhva Mukha Svanasana will help better your bone health.
Good respiration- For people who have been fighting with Asthma or other chronic lung diseases, yoga asanas like Pranayam and Anulom Vilom can help achieving a better functioning of the respiratory system at zero cost. Yes, Yoga is absolutely free of cost.
Get sound sleep- Our sleep patterns have been drastically affected by the change in our lifestyle. Not getting proper sleep is dangerous for health. Some people face difficulty in falling asleep whatever they do they just cant sleep. Various Asanas like Savasana, Yoga nidra are formed in a way which provide relaxation to your nervous system. Start practicing these to get back to the right sleep pattern.
The practice of Yoga helps in achieving mindfulness in every decision that one takes in his life. One makes conscious choices on eating healthy and focusing on that part of the body which needs to recover. Yoga helps our mind in being agile and focusing on one thing at a time, which means less distractions and more productivity.
So these were some of the many benefits of Yoga, if you still have not started practicing it then June 21 is the day. You will definitely ditch your old lifestyle once you start Yoga. Due to Covid-19, this year the Yoga day will be observed in a non-congregative manner at 7 AM organized by the Ministry of AYUSH.