On 21st June every year, we celebrate International Yoga Day to spread awareness of the importance and the power of Yoga among people in the world. The United Nations is marking this day to raise awareness of the many benefits of Yoga for people around the world.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice originating in India and is still practiced by people all over the world for good physical and mental health. Yoga poses have a positive impact on life with numerous physical and mental benefits. Yoga is considered an ancient practice that originated 5,000 years ago in India.
Yoga lowers cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, reduces oxidative stress, and prevents visible signs of skin aging caused by dehydration and loss of elasticity. The regenerative properties of Yoga heal skin damage caused by free radicals and excessive sunlight. Yoga helps flush toxins and impurities from the body and prevents acne outbreaks.
The uniqueness of International Day of Yoga is that large crowds gather in different regions across the world to practice, perform and learn Yoga.
According to the Oxford dictionary, the word Yoga means – a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation originated in ancient India.
The word Yoga is derived from Sanskrit and means to connect or unite, which symbolizes the union of body and consciousness. Yoga brings our body and mind into balance, connects us to nature, and helps us appreciate it with a healthy approach.
The benefits of Yoga, such as mastery of innumerable body and mind control techniques, have long been recognized in the Western world, and International Yoga Day aims to continue to inform people of how little time spent on the art of Yoga can improve their lives. Yoga is not just an exercise to discover a sense of unity with oneself, the world, and nature. It is not only a physical practice but a mental one; many of the teachings in Yoga reflect mental and spiritual states that allow your body to waddle into unknown realms, allowing you to concentrate on your life and rest in your soul.
Today Yoga is practiced in various forms all over the world and is becoming more and more popular. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the opening of the 69th General Assembly: “Yoga is a sacred gift of our ancient tradition.” In his speech, the Prime Minister said: “Yoga embodies the unity of the mind and the body, thought and action, restraint, and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is a holistic approach that is valuable for our health and well-being.”
The date for International Yoga Day, June 21 is of great importance as it is the summer solstice and marks the transition from Dakshinayana.
It is important to incorporate Yoga into daily life because it helps to control a person’s body, mind, and soul. Yoga brings physical and mental discipline for a better body and mind. In the end, Yoga makes us understand life, and the meaning of existence.
International Yoga Day is celebrated annually to spread awareness of the benefits of Yoga.