Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline that originated in India. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that refers to connect or merge, and it represents the integration of body and consciousness. Yoga is a priceless gift from our old tradition. Yoga represents the union of mind and body, thought and action. a holistic approach that is beneficial to our health and well-being. Yoga is more than simply exercise; it is a means of discovering a sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature. It is now performed in various forms all around the world and is growing in popularity. Recognizing its universal reach, the United Nations declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131 on 11 December 2014. The International Day of Yoga strives to enhance global awareness of the numerous advantages of practicing yoga. India proposed the draught resolution creating the International Day of Yoga, which was approved by a record 175 member countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi initially mentioned the notion in his speech at the start of the 69th session of the General Assembly.
THEME– The theme for International Yoga Day 2021 is “Yoga for Wellbeing”. The Day will be observed at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc on people’s lives and livelihoods around the world. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified psychological distress and mental health problems, such as sadness and anxiety, in many countries, since pandemic-related restrictions remain in various forms. This has underlined the critical necessity to treat the pandemic’s mental health dimension in addition to the physical health issues. Yoga’s message of fostering both physical and emotional well-being has never been more relevant. During the pandemic, there has been an increasing trend of people over the world embracing Yoga to keep fit and revitalized, as well as to combat social isolation and depression. Yoga is also being used to help COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation with their psychosocial treatment and recovery. It is especially beneficial in calming their concerns and anxiety. Recognizing the importance of Yoga, this year’s International Day of Yoga observance focuses on “Yoga for well-being” – how the practice of Yoga can support the holistic health of every individual.
BENEFITS– Yoga has been shown in studies to help with stress relief as well as blood pressure regulation. Individuals suffering from despair and anxiety can benefit from performing it every day. Some yoga asanas that can aid with stress and tension relief are savasana, seated forward twist, staying forward curves, and side stretches. When it comes to increasing your immunity, the simplest strategy is frequently the most successful. Sukhasana — a traditional meditation stance that allows your body to relax and breathe deeply. Furthermore, it can aid in the reduction of stress hormones and the maintenance of a healthy heart rate, which results in a strong immune system that protects the body from a variety of health disorders. Some yoga poses, such as plank pose, headstands, handstands, and side planks, might help enhance your body’s overall ability to work more efficiently daily. Some yoga asanas, such as Surya Namaskar, warrior position, plank posture, and others, are helpful and can help you lose weight if done regularly. Yoga, in addition to enhancing your physical health, can help you improve your mental health and sharpen your mind. It also helps your ability to concentrate. As a result, frequent yoga practice leads to enhanced mood, less depression, higher self-esteem, self-acceptance, and a positive outlook on life.
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