“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
The commemorative day (Yoga Day) was first celebrated the following year, thus marking the beginning of a tradition. The date was suggested by India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as it falls on the Summer Solstice.
We spend so much time in our head in life. And what yoga does is, it asks us to allow our head to be quiet, to allow it to be still, just for an hour and a half. Just deal with our body and our breath. Any spirituality can be enhanced with the practice or study of yoga.
10 Yoga Benefits!
You are truly healthy when you are not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.” This is where yoga helps: postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation are a holistic fitness package.
What many want! Yoga benefits here too. Sun Salutations and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. Moreover, with regular practice of yoga, we tend to become more sensitive to the kind of food our body asks for and when. This can also help keep a check on weight.
A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily – in both the body and mind. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress. You can also experience how yoga helps detox the body and de-stress the mind at the Art of Living Yoga Level 2 Course.
We all love to visit peaceful, serene spots, rich in natural beauty. Little do we realize that peace can be found right within us and we can take a mini-vacation to experience this any time of the day! Benefit from a small holiday every day with yoga and meditation. Yoga is also one of the best ways to calm a disturbed mind.
Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
Living with greater awareness
The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present. By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed or worked up and relax the mind. Yoga and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.
Yoga can even help improve your relationships with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones! A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful; benefit from the strengthened special bond you share with people close to you.
Do you feel completely drained out by the end of the day? Shuttling between multiple tasks through the day can sometimes be quite exhausting. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day. A 10-minute online guided meditation benefits you immensely, leaving you refreshed and recharged in the middle of a hectic day.
Better flexibility & posture
You only need to include yoga in your daily routine to benefit from a body that is strong, supple and flexible. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. This would, in turn, help relieve your body pain due to incorrect posture.
Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results. It works. You only need to experience it yourself.
Yoga Day in other countries
- International Yoga day organised by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Munich in Munich, Germany. Total of 6 sessions were scheduled between 10:00 to 13:30 with Warm-up and Suryanamaskar by HSS Munich team, followed by Sugama Yoga by Yogesh Rao ji VHS Haar, Dhyana by Vijay Radhakrishnan from Universal Peace foundation, Hatha Yoga by Tara Gupta ji of Gayathiri Parivar, Nada Yoga by ISHA Foundation and an elaborate Pranayama session by Art of Living Kaushik Bhaskaran Madhuri Kalyan team.
- People of Shanghai came together for the 1st International Day of Yoga. The Consul General Naveen Srivastav addressed the crowd & began the celebrations with a great message.
- Yoga celebrations in Turkey . This Sunday marks the world’s first-ever International Yoga Day. Turkey, which has widely embraced this more than 6,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice, will also celebrate this special day with a number of free outdoor events in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
- The Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Hun Sen in a special message said that the celebration of International Day of Yoga on 21 June will encourage more and more people regardless of their age, ability or status to practice Yoga, which is beneficial for their health, produces good results for their work, and eventually brings peace and prosperity to the world.
- Around 20 other cities in Poland will celebrate International Day of Yoga with events, demonstrating the love Poland has for yoga. Some 300 yoga schools in Poland have been quietly teaching and propagating yoga over the years.
- As a prelude to the celebration of International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2015, the Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh mounted a photographic exhibition on the theme of Yoga at the Riverside in Phnom Penh. The exhibitions consist of sixty four large photographs mounted on weatherproof material. The Riverside is a popular water front destination visited by over twenty five thousand people daily, who would see the exhibition. The photo exhibition was inaugurated by the Governor of Phnom Penh and the Ambassador of India on 13th June, 2015.