Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. The International Day of Yoga, is celebrated annually on June 21st every year.
The significance of yoga on Yoga International Day can be understood in several ways:
- Physical Well-being: Yoga is known for its numerous physical benefits. Regular practice of yoga postures (asanas) improves flexibility, strength, balance, and posture. Practicing yoga on every day helps raise mental awareness and physical health.
- Mental and Emotional Well-being: Yoga also focuses on the mind and emotions. Through the practice of breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation, yoga helps calm the mind, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It promotes mental clarity, emotional stability, and overall mental well-being.
- Spiritual Connection: Yoga has deep spiritual roots and aims to unite the body, mind, and spirit. It provides a pathway to self-realization and inner peace. One achieves a sense of spirituality and helps individuals connect with their inner selves, fostering a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.
- Global Unity: Yoga International Day is celebrated worldwide, emphasizing the universal nature of yoga and its ability to transcend cultural and religious boundaries. It promotes unity among people from diverse backgrounds, fostering peace, harmony, and mutual understanding.
- Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Practising Yoga encourages people to adopt a holistic approach to health and well-being. It serves as a reminder to incorporate yoga and its principles into daily life, inspiring individuals to lead healthier, balanced lifestyles.
Overall, Yoga holds immense significance as it raises awareness about the benefits of yoga and promotes physical and mental well-being.
I Pushpam Appalanaidu, am an ardent devotee of Swami Sivananda and practice Yoga to maintain my mental and physical wellbeing.