Yoga is a very ancient practice and is India’s gift to the world. Yoga helps connect the mind, body and breath to help calm the mind and strengthen the body. Yoga can be practiced anywhere and at any time, though early mornings can bring about the best results.
Yogic postures are a combination of various body-strengthening, stress-managing and inner-healing techniques. These techniques help relax the body making it more flexible and stronger, calm the mind to help with concentration and memory and heal various ailments of the body. Relaxation techniques such as rhythmic breathing, meditation, and different forms of asanas (body postures) affects the body both physically and mentally.
Yoga can very easily be performed by anyone and the best time to start doing yoga is now! Prior experience or flexibility is not required to begin yoga – any individual, regardless of their age, can perform yoga.
If you are curious about yoga, or want to begin practising yoga, then below are some easy asanas for you to begin with. This basic routine will give you an opportunity to understand yoga and feel the benefits and can be your stepping-stone to the more elaborate world of yoga.
WORLD YOGA DAY
June 21 of every year is considered as the International Day of Yoga in several countries around the world. June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations in 2015. The idea of dedicating a day to yoga was first put forward by Mr. Narendra Modi, the current Honourable Prime Minister of India.
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought 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 yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. - Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly