Yoga is a valuable gift of India’s ancient tradition. At United Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2014, India encouraged the whole world in adapting a day by dedicating ourselves to practice Yoga.
Yoga is a physical, spiritual and mental practice which originated in India. The appeal of Yoga lies in the fact that it increases vitality, tones internal organs, stimulates the nerve, relieves stress and clears the mind.
Patanjali is the father of Yoga. There are basically 4 types of Yoga; Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga. Apart from these types Yoga can also be divided into 8 types called as Astanga Yoga.
Significance of selecting June 21 of every year as International Yoga Day is that, June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world. Promotion of global health, harmony and peace through this global celebration was the main aim.
Since 2015 till date, every year on 21st June whole world celebrates the International Yoga Day. People around the world gather along with their friends, family or colleagues and perform Yoga together in the early hours of June 21.
Every year a theme is selected to celebrate International Yoga Day.
First year i.e., on 21st June 2015 the theme was “Yoga for Harmony and Peace”.
For 2016, the theme was “Connect the Youth”.
The theme for 2017 was “Yoga for Health”.
2018 was dedicated to “Yoga for Peace”.
The theme for 2019 was “Yoga for Heart”.
Similarly this year i.e., 2020, due to pandemic Novel Corona Virus – 2 the theme is selected as “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”.
In India, the first International Day of Yoga celebrations created a record for the longest Yoga class and another for the largest number of participants.
35985 peoples from 84 nations performed Yoga at the same time on first International Yoga Day. Similarly every year, different organizations, schools, Yoga academics, etc… gather together in large crowd to emphasize the importance of Yoga. A protocol is usually released by the Ministry of AYUSH which has to be followed on 21st June.
One can discover the benefits of Yoga by regularly or periodically practicing Yoga. Simple Yoga routines can bring about big changes to our mental and physical health. To name a few Yoga boosts immunity, maintains blood pressure, lower blood sugar, helps in regularize sleep cycle, improves focus and concentration, relaxes the body, mind, etc…
There are few precautions which have to be followed while practicing Yoga.
Do’s include –
Cleanliness of surroundings both body and mind.
Asanas should be practiced on empty stomach.
Bladder and Bowel should be empty before starting any Yoga practice.
Practice sessions should always start with prayer.
Yoga practice should always end with meditation or deep silence.
Yoga practice should be practiced slowly in a relaxed manner, with awareness of body and breath with supportive light and comfortable clothing with a well-ventilated room to perform.
Don’ts include –
Yoga practice should not be performed in a state of exhaustion, illness, in a hurry or in an acute stress condition.
Women should refrain from regular Yoga practice especially asanas during their menses, during this period relaxation techniques and pranayama can be performed.
Don’t shower or drink water or eat for 30 minutes after doing Yoga.
Strenuous exercises after Yoga are also not preferable.
Yoga is not to be practiced in adverse or extreme weather condition.
For beginners, consulting Yoga Expert before trying any Yoga procedure is the best choice. Let us all join hands to celebrate life by inculcating Yoga to our lives and exploring the world with AYURHOMECARE on this International Yoga Day.