What is Yoga?
Some many think Yoga is just a physical exercise to lose weight, where you twist and turn and bend and breathe in the most complex ways, but Yoga is about unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul through various asanas and breathing methods.
Yoga is more than 10,000 years old ancient Indian technique for the mental, physical and spiritual well-being. The word Yoga, derives from Sanskrit, symbolizes the blending of body and consciousness. By performing these disciplined yoga postures and breathing techniques, one can strengthen the body, calm once mind, regain focus and improve self- confidence.
Benefits of performing Yoga:
- Improves health
- Gives mental strength
- Improves physical strength
- Protection from injury
- Detoxifies the body
Why do we celebrate Yoga day?
International Day of Yoga, commonly known as Yoga day is celebrated on 21st June to spread awareness about benefits of practicing Yoga. Our Honorable Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his United Nations address suggested to announce Yoga day on the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance.
This year, the theme of the celebration will be ‘yoga for health’ and the theme highlights that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieve an equilibrium between mind and body. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated worldwide in almost 177 nations.
Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar
Sun Salutation one form of Yoga and it’sa sequence of 12 Yoga asanas, each with different purpose. It is designed to be done in the direction of Sun by bestowing gratitude, awe and respect. Performing Sun Salutations in the morning is a wonderful way to awaken your body. Sun Salutations gives you a lot of power. It’s an energetic sequence designed to make you strong, powerful, glowing and confident. The Yoga pose sequences can be complex but the more you practice, the more you notice that the asanas are interconnected.
Performing Surya Namaskar improves blood circulation, benefiting to heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, legs-basically, the whole body. From head to toe, every part of the body is stretched, exercised and greatly benefitted by Surya Namaskar, which is why it is highly recommended by all yoga experts. It makes body flexible, helps to tone the muscles and if done in fast speed, is an excellent cardiovascular workout and also helps in weight loss.
Yoga is becoming popular and even the scientific community is beginning to recognize its depth. If Yoga is done in the right atmosphere with a sense of humility, it is really a fantastic process to go towards a healthy living.