INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY – THE ESSENCE OF YOGA FOR A PEACEFUL AND HEALTHY LIVING
One of the oldest forms of exercise, yoga is believed to have originated in India during the pre-Vedic times. It was back in the 18th and early 19th century that it trickled to different parts of the country and gained acceptance from billions of people. Today, yoga is not only considered a physical exercise, but also one that enhances mental and spiritual capabilities.
Yoga is not all about twisting the body into exquisite poses. It is a practice that is holistic in nature, and includes almost every aspect of existence right from catching up on some sound sleep, following a nutritious diet, basking in the sunshine to taking deep breaths. The word ‘yoga’ in Sanskrit means ‘union’ implying it is a science that can connect the body, mind, and soul to attain optimal way of living.
Yoga uses a series of breathing techniques and physical practices to achieve a deep sense of peace, improved mental fortitude, and an able physical condition. A few minutes of practice on a regular basis is known to do wonders. Whether it is recovering from an injury, enhancing blood circulation, dealing with a disabling condition, or even recouping from a state of depression, yoga has the potential to resolve all these problems.
Different forms of yoga
Yoga is not limited to the traditional form. There are myriad styles of the science and finding the right form to deal with a certain problem might take some time. Vinyasa yoga is suited for people who are keen on managing their stress most of the postures in this form concentrate on breath and movement, almost like a dance. Ashtanga yoga is quite rigorous in nature encompassing several yogic postures.
Iyengar yoga, named after the renowned yogic, BKS Iyengar, mainly involves breath control techniques and using props while performing. Power yoga is an intensive form accompanied with upbeat music and most effective when it comes to losing weight. Shivananda yoga entails 12 asanas based on five principles-breath, relaxation, positive thinking, diet and exercise. Yin yoga is a meditative practice that is meant to strengthen and vitalise the muscles of the body. While these are some of the most popular versions of yoga, there are many more variations.
Developing any kind of new habit requires both commitment and perseverance. A good way to start off is to keep spare time during the day to fuse yoga into the routine. This could then be done on a repeated basis. Yoga requires no equipment, and can be practiced anywhere. Hence, different asanas and breathing techniques can be performed without any constraints, even within the confines of office walls.
Yoga calls for paying attention to every nook and corner of our body and mind to attain strength, peace, and harmony. So this International Yoga Day let us make an attempt to improve our mental, physical and spiritual health by integrating and recognizing this science.