The Hidden Agenda of International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day – Yoga is an ancient art that connects the mind and body. It is an exercise that we perform by balancing the elements of our bodies. In addition, it helps us meditate and relax. Moreover, yoga helps us keep control of our bodies as well as mind. It is a great channel for releasing our stress and anxiety. Yoga comes from the Sanskrit term ‘Yuj,’ which means ‘to join’ or ‘to unify.’ It is the union of atma and paramatma, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature.
A yogi is someone who has experienced this oneness of existence and has gained the state of freedom known as mukti, nirvana, or moksha. Thus, the aim of Yoga is Self-realisation, to overcome all kinds of sufferings.
Stretch your body and relax your mind like never on International Yoga Day 2022 on June 21
The History of Yoga Is So Famous, But Why?
The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born. In the yogic lore, Shiva is seen as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and the first Guru of Adi Guru. Historical evidence of the existence of Yoga was seen in the pre-Vedic period (2700 B.C.), and thereafter till Patanjali’s period. The main sources, from which we get the information about Yoga day practices and the related literature during this period, are available in Vedas (4), Upanishads (108), Smritis, teachings of Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, Epics (2), Puranas (18) etc.
The period between 1700 – 1900 A.D. is considered as Modern period in which the great Yogacharyas- Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Paramhansa Yogananda, Vivekananda etc. have contributed for the development of Raja Yoga.This was the period when Vedanta, Bhakti yoga, Natha Yoga or Hatha-yoga flourished. The Shadanga-yoga of Goraksha Satakam, Chaturanga-yoga of Hathayogapradipika, Saptanga-yoga of Gheranda Samhita, were the main tenets of Hatha-yoga.
Now in contemporary times, everybody has conviction about yoga practices towards the preservation, maintenance and promotion of health. Yoga has spread all over the world by the teachings of great personalities like Swami Shivananda, Sri T.Krishnamacharya, Swami Kuvalayananda, Shri Yogendra, Swami Rama, Sri Aurobindo, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Acharya Rajneesh, Pattabhijois, BKS. Iyengar, Swami Satyananda Sarasvati and the like.
Benefits of Yoga
Here’s What No One Tells You About the Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is very necessary and beneficial for all human beings if it is practised by all daily in the early morning. The benefits of Yoga include:-
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Increased flexibility
- Improved respiration,energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
When did International Yoga Day start?
On September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forth his suggestion for the occasion of a ‘Yoga Day’. A total of 177 member nations voted in favour of India’s draft law. The first world International yoga day celebrated around the world on June 21, 2015.
Why do we celebrate Yoga Day?
The ideas for Yoga Day celebration – first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 27, 2014. During his speech at the UN General Assembly, where resolution to establish June 21 India’s Ambassador introduced International Yoga Day, Asoke Kumar Mukerji. The date of June 21- chosen as it is the Summer Solstice, the day where there is the most sun out of every other day of the year. Overall, it received support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN resolution, proclaiming 21 June International Yoga Day.
Previous themes of International Yoga Day
2015: Yoga for Harmony and Peace
2016: Yoga for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
2017: Yoga for Health
2018: Yoga for Peace
2019: Yoga for Heart
2020: Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family
2021: Yoga for well-being
When is Yoga Day Celebrated?
World Yoga Day is a relatively new holiday, so there aren’t any time-honoured traditions. But yoga itself is an ancient art that refreshes the mind and soothes the soul. The day aims to encourage new people to adopt the yogi lifestyle and align with their inner chakra. Newbies sign up for yoga and create their own flow of movements to their favourite relaxing music. Before starting yoga, new mats and yoga pants are bought. Those who are already skilled at yoga try out new combinations and introduce their friends to it. Special group yoga retreats are also offered by instructors.
International Yoga Day Activities
Celebrate International Yoga Day with the below mentioned activities for yoga day–
- Bring Your Tree Pose to Nature
Practising outside can breathe some fresh air into your yoga poses. Practice on the beach, at your local park, or even in your backyard. Surrounding yourself in a new environment can be much more engaging by having new things to focus on.
- Do your “om” thing
Create your own flow of movements and discover new combinations to your favourite music. Sometimes a change in movement or music can help you focus your energy and sync your breathing perfectly to musical transitions.
- Introduce a friend to the yogi lifestyle
Bringing a friend can be just the right motivation you need to revamp your practice. Not only will their presence inspire you to strengthen your poses, but also, they can score big on free yoga deals for new students. Win win.
5 Yoga Facts
- Lots of Americans practice yoga
About 36 million Americans claim to do yoga regularly, around 10% of the population
- One for everyone
There are more than a hundred styles of yoga.
- A social media hit
At any given time, 60 million posts are trending on Instagram.
- The Yoga mat was invented in 1982
Angela Farmer used carpet underlay to create a comfortable, slip-free surface.
- It is inspirational
Stemming from her experiences with yoga, Elizabeth Gilbert was inspired to write the best-seller “Eat Pray Love”
Why We Love International Yoga Day
1. It’s inclusive
People of all age groups, religions, nationalities and social backgrounds can celebrate, because yoga is accessible to all! There are so many kinds of yoga practices, so it’s possible for anyone to start. Size and fitness levels don’t matter — there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style.
2. Yoga helps you manage stress
Life can be stressful sometimes, and it can take its toll on our physical bodies. Have back or neck pain, sleeping problems and headaches? Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity, calmness, and relieves chronic stress — which means it’ll help you with all the above.
3. Practising yoga is healthy
This is no surprise, but it bears repeating. Yoga strengthens and stabilises the spine, relieving back pain, stress, anxiety and tension. It helps with weight reduction, maintaining a balanced metabolism and increases flexibility. And these are only some of its hosts of benefits.