The idea of international day of yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2014.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word “yoga” derives from Sanskrit and means to join or unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness in India.
The International Day of yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his United Nations address suggested the date of 21 June as it is the longest day of the year.
The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during his speech at the united nations general assembly (Unga) on 27 September 2014 Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
The Unga held informal consultations on the draft resolution, entitled International Day of Yoga, on 14 October 2014. The consultations were convened by the delegation of India in 2015 Reserve Bank Of India issued a 10 Rupees Commemorative coin to mark The International Day of Yoga.
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It bodies unity of mind and body; throught and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.
It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with your self, the world and the nature. By changing our life style and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
Detail-oriented and slow-placed, lyengar yoga is good for beginners. You may use props-belts, blocks and pillow like bolsters to get into poses with correct alignment. Similar styles include Anusara yoga and viniyoga.
It gives you strength, flexibility, and mind-body awareness. Yoga can help you stay flexible and strong without putting added stress on your joints. You get the added benefit of a mind-body approach that can help you relax and energize. If you’re pregnant, yoga can help keep you relaxed, strong, and in shape.
The many benefits of the ancient Indian practice of yoga. The year 2020 marks the 6th International Yoga Day
The United Nations theme for this year is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”, which takes into account the social distancing measures announced by most countries.
What is yoya ?
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body thought and action restraint and fulfillment harmony between man and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being that yoga has brought to the world stage.
Why do we celebrate yoga day!
When proposing 21 june as the date, Modi said that the date was the longest day of the year in the mass northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world. The perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana.
The five points of Yoga
- Proper Exercise – Asanas
- Proper Breathing – Pranayama
- Proper Relaxation – Savasana
- Proper Diet – Vegetarian
- Positive Thinking and Meditation – Vedanta and Dhyana.
Common Yoga Protocol for international day of yoga
- Alert Posture
- Forward and backward bending
- Right and Left bending
- Right and Left Twisting
- Neck Rotation
- Trunk Twisting
- Knee Movement
8. Yogasanas/ Tadasana (standing posture)
Yogasanas, through which one can transform the body and mind into a possibility for ultimate wellbeing.
9. Vrksasana (the tree posture)
Vrksasana, meaning “tree pose”, is a standing balancing yoga posture. Standing on the floor, your foot is like the root of a tree and your arms are stretching up like branches. Below are how to do tree pose and benefits of tree pose.
10. Pada-Hastasana (hands to feet posture)
Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend, with variants such as Padahastasana where the toes are grasped, is a standing forward bending asana in modern yoga as exercise.
11. Ardhacakrasan (half wheel posture)
Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon Pose is a standing asana in modern yoga as exercise.
12. Trikonasana (Triangle Posture)
Trikonasana is the combination of two Sanskrit words “Trikon” and “Asana”, where “Trikon” means Triangle and “Asana” means pose. This asana look like the triangle shape, that’s the reason this Asana is also known as Trikonasana. This asana helps to stretches the muscles and improve the function of the body.
13. Sitting Postures/ Bhadrasana (Auspicious Posture)
Bound Angle Pose, Throne Pose, Butterfly Pose, or Cobbler’s Pose (after the typical sitting position of Indian cobblers when they work), and historically called Bhadrasana, is a seated asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise.
14. Ardha ustar asana (Vajrasana, Half Camel Posture)
Standing Half Forward Bend Pose is also referred to as Ardha Uttanasana in Sanskrit. This yoga asana or yoga pose can be used to increase the flexibility of the spinal cord and strengthen the muscles in your core, hips, hamstrings, calves, upper and lower back.
15. Sasankasan (Hare Posture)
Shashankasana or the “Hare Pose” is so called as the asana resembles a hare in the final position. Benefits of Shashankasana include relaxation, relieving of depression and a good upper body stretch. Shashankansa is a very easy asana to perform and can be done by anyone regardless of age.
16. Vakrasana (Spinal twist Posture)
Vakrasana (vakra āsana) massages the abdominal organs, helps facilitate digestion and regulates the secretion of digestive juices. The twist also helps reduce belly fat. It increases the elasticity of the spine and relieves vertebrae stiffness. Additionally, it stretches the hip joints and the legs.
17. Prone Posture/ Bhujangasana (Cobra posture)
Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose is a reclining back-bending asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise. It is commonly performed in a cycle of asanas in Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun) as an alternative to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upwards Dog Pose).
18. Salabhasana (Locust Posture)
Salabhasana is a locust pose, or grasshopper pose is a reclining back-bending asana in modern yoga as exercise.
19. Makarasana (Crocodile Posture)
Makarasana or crocodile pose is an asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise.
20. Supine Postures/ Setubandhasa (Bridge Posture)
The Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is one of the basic backbend poses which prepares the body to perform other advanced yoga poses or asanas. The bridge pose has a lot of scientific benefits compared to other yoga poses. It stretches your chest, neck and spine areas. It also massages your internal organs.
21. Pavanamuktasa (wild Releasing Posture)
Pavanamuktasa, Vatayanasana or wind relieving pose is an asana in modern yoga as exercise.
22. Savasana (Dead body posture)
Shavasana Corpse pose or Mrtasana is an asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise, often used for relaxation at the end of a session. It is the usual pose for the practice of yoga nidra meditation.
23. Kapalabhati (kriya)
Kapalabhati also called breath of fire is an important Shatkarma, a purification in hatha yoga. The word Kapalabhati is made up of two Sanskrit words: kapala meaning ‘skull’ and bhati meaning ‘shining illuminating.
24. Prana Yama/ Anubma Vibma (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
Pranayama is an integral part of yoga sadhana. Pranayama consists of two Sanskrit words, ‘Prana’ means life force and ‘ayama’ means restraint.
25. Bhramaripranayama (Sukhasana, Meditative Posture)
Bhramari Pranayama also known as Humming Bee Breath, is a calming breathing practice that soothes the nervous system and helps to connect us with our truest inner nature.
26. Sambhavi Mudra (Meditative Posture)
Shambhavi Mahamudra is an integrative system of several breathing techniques that incorporate multiple limbs of traditional Raja Yoga or the yoga described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. The Shambhavi Mahamundra practice is taught by a nonprofit international humanitarian organization.
Yoga is an old discipline from India. It is both spiritual and physical. Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise and meditation. It helps to improve health and happiness. Yoga is the Sanskrit word for union.
The eight limbs of yoga are yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption).
Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
He codified all aspects of yoga into a certain format known as the Yoga Sutras. This is a collection of 196 verses or sutras on yoga. And so, Patanjali is known as the father of modern yoga.
Note: The art of practicing yoga helps in controlling an individual’s mind, body and soul. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind; it helps manage stress and anxiety and keeps you relaxing. It also helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and body tone.