Every year International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 worldwide. It serves as a platform to raise awareness about the numerous benefits of yoga and promote its holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The concept of International Yoga Day was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2014 address to the United Nations General Assembly. Since then, Yoga has gained huge popularity worldwide due to its ability to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and overall fitness.
This year the theme of Yoga Day is ‘Yoga For Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ i.e. Yoga for the welfare of all in the form of ‘One World-One Family’. It emphasises the spirit of Yoga, which unites and takes everyone along. Like every time, this time too programs related to yoga will be organized in every corner of the country.
Yoga is not only beneficial for mental health problems but for overall well-being. Regular yoga practice reduces stress and improves symptoms of anxiety and depression. Following the pandemic, yoga has shown remarkable results in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. It helps with emotional management, mood improvement, and brain clarity and also highlights the connection between the mind and the body.
International Yoga Day is an annual event observed on June 21 around the world. It provides a platform for individuals from many cultures and communities to unite in their appreciation and practice of yoga. This day offers a chance to spread awareness of the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga through a range of programmes. These programmes include yoga classes, workshops, talks, and cultural performances.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It boosts flexibility, strength, and balance. Asanas (postures) in yoga increase joint mobility, muscular tone, and general body strength. It also helps with posture and alignment. Yoga practice on a regular basis can help you sleep better. It encourages positive thinking, reduces stress, and promotes heightened self-awareness.
Here are five yoga asanas that you can practise at home to live a healthier and more pleasant life:
Sukhasana, also known as easy pose or the “pose of comfort,” is a seated posture in yoga. It is a simple cross-legged pose that provides a stable and relaxed platform for meditation, breathing exercises, and light stretching. It can help calm the mind, ease lower back and tightness, and improve overall posture.
Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing) helps balance the flow of energy in the body. By practising this regularly, you can improve breathing efficiency, increase oxygen intake, and remove toxin energy from the body. It also encourages a state of relaxation, mental clarity, and focus. It can be particularly beneficial for individuals with respiratory conditions like asthma.
Balasana a.k.a Child’s Pose, is a gentle resting pose that provides numerous benefits for both body and mind. By sitting back on the heels with the knees wide apart, Balasana stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles. It helps to release tightness in these areas, especially after prolonged periods of sitting or physical activity. It can be practised at any time during a yoga session to pause, recharge, and regain energy.
Bhujangasana, a cobra pose, is an excellent pose for improving the flexibility and strength of the spine. It is a reclined backbend pose that strengthens and stretches the muscles in your spine and increases blood flow, especially to the reproductive organs and spinal area. It helps you to connect with your breath, body, and the sensations experienced during the pose. It’s important to practice Bhujangasana with proper alignment and keeping your body’s limitations in mind.
This yoga asana is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. It involves lying flat on your back, arms relaxed at your sides, palms facing up, and legs comfortably spread apart. The aim of this asana is to achieve complete relaxation, both physically and mentally, and to reduce stress, anxiety, and tiredness in the body. The goal is for the practitioner to fully release and surrender, for that allow yourself ample time for Shavasana.
Have a relaxing yoga day this year.