In recognition of Yoga's universal appeal, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 the International Day of Yoga in 2015. A holistic health revolution began in which prevention was given more attention than cure.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed marking June 21 as International Yoga Day on September 27, 2014. It was during his speech at the UN General Assembly that India's Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji, introduced the resolution recognizing June 21 as International Yoga Day.
21 June is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere. The summer solstice also marks the transition from the Summer solstice to the Dakshinayana period. Between the Summer and Winter solstices, Dakshinayana is a six-month period during which the sun travels to the south on the celestial sphere.
In today's times, this is practiced in various forms across different parts of the world and is growing more and more popular. It is important to raise awareness of the variety of health benefits of yoga by celebrating International Day of Yoga. However, yoga is much more than just a mere physical activity.
Origination of Yoga
The word 'yoga', which originated in India, signifies the ultimate union of the body and consciousness. This union signifies the attainment of true peace. Yoga practices are physical, mental, and spiritual.
Yoga is a centuries-old practice that originated in India around 5,000 years ago. It is considered a method to connect the mind, body, and soul and lead to enlightenment. As this practice gained popularity in the West, it began being referred to as an exercise and relaxation method. It was also associated with claims that it alleviated existing physical injuries and chronic pains.
What is Yoga?
A person practices yoga to bring his mind, his body, and his soul together. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning to meet or be united. It is a practice that has been practiced for thousands of years in Indian culture. Through mental focus and breathing methods, people try to control their body and mind in Yoga, not through physical fitness.
The Yoga Sutra is a 2000-year-old book. Men who teach Yoga are known as yogis, and women who teach are known as yoginis. It is the only book that contains written evidence of Yoga. It is also the oldest book about Yoga. A lot of methods have been conveyed in this book about how someone can control their mind, their emotions, and merge into spirituality. It is a book about yogic philosophy.
Six types of yoga exist, including Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Jnana yoga, and Tantra yoga. In addition, there are seven chakras in yoga styles: the Sahasram chakra, the Ajna chakra, the Vishuddha chakra, the Anahata chakra, the Manipura chakra, the Svadhishthana chakra, and the Muladhara chakra.
In total, there are 13 types of yoga: Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga.
Significance of Yoga
In addition to exercising without equipment, Yoga can also drive away your diseases without any medicine.
Yoga helps you increase your body's flexibility. When your body is flexible, the pain in your body will be much less. Yoga can relieve your pain.
Yoga can prevent a person from getting tired throughout the day if he practices 20 to 30 minutes per day.
Doing Yoga produces positive thoughts, and it also takes the mind to do what is right. Doing Yoga calms the mind, and it also shows the right attitude.
By doing Yoga your muscles become strong, and at the same time, they become flexible, so you don't have back problems or arthritis. In the gym, weight exercises also strengthen your muscles, but when you practice Yoga, your muscles become strong and flexible at the same time.
In Yoga, the mind remains calm. As a result, anxiety is not present. Diseases such as mental stress and hypertension do not affect the body.
Human posture is improved by practicing yoga.
As a result of Yoga, bones remain strong and there is no joint pain. It improves the heart rate of the body, boosts immunity, and reduces blood pressure. It also helps manage blood sugar levels.
In addition to weight loss, Yoga also enhances peace of mind, which promotes good sleep.
The theme of International Yoga Day 2023
The theme of international Yoga Day 2023 is “Yoga for Humanity”.
It has been said by one of the most famous Yoga practitioners, the late B. K. S. Iyengar, “Yoga cultivates and maintains a balanced attitude in daily life while imparting performance skills in everything one does”.
UNGA endorsed that "Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being apart from striking a balance between all aspects of life. The wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practicing Yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population."
Yoga practice promotes peace of mind and enhances the confidence needed to survive in a stress-free environment.