India – the land of countless traditions and richest culture has always bestowed the world with its legacy. One such priceless gift from India that has become the source of healthy body, mind and soul is Yoga. People across the world are now realizing its potential and adopting it to enrich their lives. To spread the awareness and practice of Yoga across the globe, International Day of Yoga took place for the first time on 21st June 2015.
This year too, the world is ready to experience the overwhelming benefits of Yoga on 21st June. To support the spirit of this ancient knowledge, the United Nations headquarter in New York has displayed visually appealing images of multiple Yoga poses. In India, several Yoga gurus including Baba Ramdev and Sadhguru will be seen at some huge events associated with this day. Also, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be center of attraction for this event.
What are health benefits of Yoga?
Well, the health benefits associated with this art are countless, which makes this day quite important for the whole world. Let’s focus on some major benefits linked to this practice that makes it an inevitable part of our lives.
- Protects your spine – If you have a strong and protected spine, you have already achieved 50% percent of success in your quest to stay healthy. And several Yoga postures make sure that your spinal disk stays agile.
- Controls your blood pressure – High blood pressure and stress are often the byproducts of modern day lifestyle. To curb this health issue, Yoga offers poses like Shavasana (Corpse Pose) and several breathing exercises.
- Helps you improve concentration – Meditation and breathing exercises, which are an integral part of Yoga, ensure that you focus better on the present situation. This ensures that useless thoughts stay away from your mind and you are able to give 100 percent in every task.
- Makes you active throughout the day – To cope up with the modern lifestyle, a balanced diet is not sufficient. You need to make sure that daily dose of exercise is part of your routine. And with combination of Yoga postures, you will definitely stay active and keep tiredness at bay.
- Weight management – The Yoga proves to be boon for both overweight and underweight people. For overweight ones, it ensures that you don’t have to work out in a strenuous manner as asanas are simpler than running on a treadmill half an hour. For underweight people too, Yoga helps in maintaining the weight balance with proper strength and immunity.
- Immunity – Stressful life coupled with polluted environmental conditions result in weak immunity levels. As a result, we are prone to various viral and bacterial infections. But if Yoga is practiced regularly, immunity of the body is improved and we are able to fight common infections without any requirement of antibiotics.
- Overall fitness – Other than prevention and control of various ailments, Yoga makes sure that you remain fit with a flexible and athletic body.
Therefore, International Day of Yoga is a perfect day to begin your journey of this wonderful art filled with health and happiness.