International Day of Yoga has been celebrated on June 21st since 2015 all around the world.
But have you ever wondered why this date was chosen?
21st June is also the day of the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. As per mythology, it was on this day that Lord Shiva conveyed the knowledge of Yoga to the Saptrishis. The Saptarishis are known as the Seven Great Sages born from the mind of Lord Brahma who is also known as the Creator of everything in the universe. Adiyogi or Lord Shiva is known to have taught Yoga to the seven sages for them to be able to transfer the knowledge to the rest of humanity. This is also why many of the asanas or poses in yoga are known by their names.
Yoga has recently got international recognition because of its umpteen benefits.
Benefits of Yoga include the following:
- It helps you improve your body’s strength
- It helps improve posture and balance
- It is an excellent form of exercise for people with pain such as backache and pain in legs.
- It improves flexibility of the body
- It helps adjust bowel movements to form a regular schedule
- It is excellent for your heart health
- It helps you slow down, relax and hence helps improve sleep
- It improves energy levels and makes you more lively.
- It helps with stress management
- It improves bone strength
- Helps with burn out of mental fatigue and exhaustion.
Let us now consider some of the best asanas for beginners to get started on your journey of Yoga:
One of the easiest poses, it helps one relax and is one of the best poses for meditation. It helps you navigate your breathing and relieves exhaustion and stress while improving posture.
This is a wonder asana for those looking to stretch their bodies after a hard day at work. It helps reverse the hunch you prefer to stay with the entire day and give san instant feeling of relaxation along the entire spine. One can start off by taking support from a straight wall initially and gradually do this asana without support.
Balasana or Child’s Pose
It helps one relax and be at ease by relaxing the nervous and lymphatic system.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
This pose helps improve posture by stretching the core of the body and strengthening the arms and wrists.
Also known as the tree pose it helps improve balance of the body and strengthens the lower limbs along with the spine.
The Ministry of Ayush in India focuses on alternative modes of treatment to help you lead a better lifestyle. These modes of treatment include Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy which help the human body deal with many of the ailments arising from modern lifestyle. It is hence essential for one to practice Yoga regularly to have a better quality of life!
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Dr. Priyanka Motwani
Dr. Priyanka Motwani has completed her BHMS from the prestigious Nehru Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Delhi and holds a Post Graduate Program in Lean Six Sigma from Isenberg School of Management, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently the R&D Head at BJain Pharmaceuticals and has a zeal to learn more and more each day.