Our lives have become hectic. The cacophony of vehicles, factories, people, shops -the noise is endless! We are always rushing about ; in the morning to our work in the morning, then back home in the evening. This monotonic life slowly takes a toll on our health too. But we hardly ever hear our inner voice and connect with ourselves. This has prompted the need for International Yoga Day, a day dedicated to relax,rejuvenate and reconnect with ourselves.
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice. Originated in India, this practice is aimed at transforming both body and mind. The official International Yoga Day was declared to be celebrated on 21st June , at the United Nations General Assembly held on December 11 in 2014. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 where he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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.”
June 21st also coincides with the Summer Solstice which has special significance in many parts of the world.
We bring to you 8 facts that you should know about Yoga on this International Yoga Day 2016 :
- Yoga is not just about few joint, muscle or stretching exercises every day but is a combination of different postures, breathing patterns and meditation.
- A few minutes of yoga relaxes both your body and your mind, by releasing tension that accumulates in the muscles, and calming the overactive brain.
- There are eight energy centers or “chakras” in the body through which humans absorb cosmic energy. Yoga purifies these chakras to keep the positive life energy flow intact. From the base of the spine up to the crown, these chakras are named mooladhara, svadhisthana, manipura, anahata, vishuddha, anja, bindu, and sahasrara, respectively.
- According to a Norwegian study, yoga boosts the immune system greatly on the genetic level.
- The regular practice of yoga can also lead to reduction in food cravings and the habit of overeating. According to a study by University of Washington, yoga increases the awareness of the physical and emotional sensations associated with eating , thus curbing our food cravings.
- Yoga improves cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart diseases and ailments.
- Yoga is an ideal and healthy way for losing those extra kilos. Sun salutations (surya namaskar) and kapalbhati pranayama are especially effective for weight loss.
- A study at the Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California, has shown that people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD) can see a significant reduction in symptoms when they practiced Kundalini yoga regularly.
So you see, Yoga has it’s numerous benefits. A healthy lifestyle is something everyone aspires for. So why not embrace this ancient practice and bring it in our day-today activities?However, ensure that you start learning Yoga from a professional Yoga teacher, or join a Yoga class!
This International Yoga Day 2016, let’s take the pledge to a healthy mind,body and spirit! Let the food you eat, the water you drink and air you breath contribute to your good health and happiness.
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