International Yoga Day 2019 is being celebrated today. June 21 marks the fifth International Yoga Day.
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self – The Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Scripture.
The term yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to “attach, join, harness, yoke.” While there are no specific history on its chronology or specific origin other than the fact that yoga developed in ancient India, one cannot deny that yoga as a form of practice as innumerable mental and physical health benefits.
International Yoga Day history :
International yoga day celebrates yoga, an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice. Today, yoga, which originated in India, is one of the world’s most popular pastime activities.
In September of 2014, India’s Prime Minister proposed the establishment of an International Day of Yoga to promote international peace and cooperation. His request was granted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014 in an effort to highlight the benefits of yoga to physical well=being and to world peace and development.
On June 21st 2015, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated worldwide, leading to a new Guinness Record for the largest yoga lesson, consisting of nearly 36,000 participants in India’s capital New Delhi.
Yoga Day celebrations at Bengaluru :
Many yogapreneurs and training clubs in Bengaluru are hosting various public sessions to mark the day. On this International Yoga Day, VR Bengaluru is turning to be a place to celebrate tranquillity and meditation.
Inorbit mall, whitefield – Yoga day :
Inorbit Mall Whitefield is hosting yoga sessions to enhance health and happiness. These sessions will be held in association with the Art of Living Foundation. Trained yoga experts and instructors will take through the different asanas and exercises to help to overcome distress and soothe mind, body and soul.
Rossé Fem Social, a women leisure hub is collaborating with VR Bengaluru mall, Whitefield, to host a yoga session that will cover asanas, meditation and body alignment.
International Yoga day– events at Bengaluru :
All-day free yoga:
Fitness centre chain Cult.Fit will be holding free yoga sessions at all its Cult and mind centres between 6 am and 10 pm. Each session will be up to 50 minutes and will include a mix of meditation, introduction and basics of yoga.
Dancing Yoga :
At Kendriya Vidyalaya, MEG Auditorium, Ulsoor school students presented yoga demonstration in dance. The event was organized by the Tourism Ministry.
Yoga and Herbal Tea :
Arogya mandira in Rajajinagar is distributing free yoga booklets and herbal tea. A lecture on meditation and practical session was held in the presence of Yoga master Brahmacharya.
Benefits of Yoga :
Maintaining a regular yoga practice can provide physical and mental health benefits. The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body
The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Other physical benefits of yoga include:
- increased flexibility
- increased muscle strength and tone
- improved respiration, energy and vitality
- maintaining a balanced metabolism
- weight reduction
- cardio and circulatory health
- improved athletic performance
- protection from injury
Mental benefits :
Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.
Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.
Types of Yoga :
There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing.
Examples of different yoga forms include:
- Hatha – The form most often associated with yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing.
- Vinyasa – A series of poses that flow smoothly into one another.
- Power – A faster, higher-intensity practice that builds muscle.
- Ashtanga – A series of poses, combined with a special breathing technique.
- Bikram – Also known as “hot yoga,” it’s a series of 26 challenging poses performed in a room heated to a high temperature.
- Iyengar- A type of yoga that uses props like blocks, straps, and chairs to help you move your body into the proper alignment.
Intensity Level: Varies with Type :
The intensity of yoga workout depends on which form of yoga one choose. Techniques like hatha and iyengar yoga are gentle and slow. Bikram and power yoga are faster and more challenging.
Areas It Targets :
There are yoga poses to target just about every core muscle. Want to tighten those love handles? Then prop yourself up on one arm and do a side plank. To really burn out the middle of your abs, you can do boat pose, in which you balance on your “sit bones” (the bony prominences at the base of your pelvic bones) and hold your legs up in the air.
Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress – UN General Secreary, Bam Ki-moon.
Practice yoga. Stay healthy mentally and physically.