On June 21st, 2015, ‘International Yoga day was celebrated for the first time. Hence onwards, in keeping with the proposed policy of the Indian Prime Minister to the United Nations General Assembly made on 27th of September, 2014 , this day was officially decreed as the International Day of Yoga. More than 170 countries worldwide supported the celebration of this Day, which just goes on to underline the positive ramification manifested by Yoga on the physical and mental health of a large section of people, cutting across all cultures and geographical boundaries.
The ancient art of Yoga originated in India around 5000 years back, in the pre–Vedic period. Since then, Yoga has been an intrinsic part of the Indian culture which has slowly but surely made its presence felt all across the globe for it therapeutic and health quotient. It is the perfect blend of knowledge, action and devotion and have made converts of large sections of people who would otherwise never have any spiritual or cultural commonalty with Yoga.
It is one of the healthiest practice to incorporate in one’s lifestyle with its positive health effect not only on the body but also on the mind and soul. Children, youth, grown-ups and elder lies everyone has some serious takeaway benefit from this holistic science. It helps one to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The perfect balance between body, mind and soul is achieved by assimilating the practice of Yoga from a young age in one’s daily lifestyle. The practice of Yoga has the power to completely transform your body and mind and heal you holistically.
While all other exercises serve to strengthen and tone the body, Yoga has the power to transcend beyond the physical attributes to affect the mind and the soul, too. There are different Yoga postures which has a positive bearing of the health and flexibility of an individual. The ‘’Pranayama’ or deep breathing exercises help to detoxify the mind, and calm the mind and rejuvenate the soul. Powerful people across the globe attribute their positive start to the day with a healthy dose of Pranayama, and Yoga. In today’s fast paced, hectic life where sedentary lifestyle, stress andunhealthy diet is leading to serious diseases, Yoga has the healing touch to prevent and cure it all.
Depending on ones’ physical state and age and requirement, one can opt for any of the nine Yogas which best resonate with one’s inner being. It is not a one size fits all practice, but has to be customised, keeping in consideration the level of fitness and the age of the practitioner:
1. Hatha Yoga,
2. Vinyasa Yoga
3. Iyengar Yoga
4. Ashtanga Yoga
5. Bikram Yoga
6. Hot Yoga
7. Kundalini Yoga
8. Yin Yoga
9. Restorative Yoga
To create better awareness and a sense of urgency to promote this beneficial art, this International Day performs the perfect platform for governments of the nation, private entrepreneur, individual celebrities and sports persons to promote this cause. People are mobilized in huge numbers in various office, schools and colleges to spread more and more knowledge about this ancient practice and its relevance in the modern life. Essay competition, debates, impromptu speeches highlight its importance for all sections of the society as does media and, television and print channels.