I’ve always been a sceptic to Yoga as I preferred high-intensity workouts. I always felt if I really slogged it out and worked up a sweat in the gym then only that was a true workout. Two years back Yoga came into my life when I began travelling to India. There’s a certain energy in India that it somehow drew me to Yoga. I decided to try it out again despite my scepticism. I started out with stretch based classes as I need to relax from the hectic work schedule and family life I was balancing. And after only two weeks, not only did my flexibility improve, changes in my body shape, a clearness in my mind and felt more motivated than ever. Finally, I had broken through the barrier and now see immense benefits.
The International Yoga Day (June 21)
Yoga is a spiritual discipline focussing on the harmony between your mind and body. It originated in Northern India about 5000 years ago. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of celebrating a day internationally as the yoga day during his speech on September 27, 2014, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Since 2015, June 21 has been celebrated as the Antarashtriya Yog Divas i.e. the International Day of Yoga (IDY) or Yoga day.
If you are looking forward to losing weight, having a fit and flexible body, healthy-looking skin, calm mind, – Yoga offers it all. It is very important that you do not limit your understanding of yoga to simply “asanas” (the yoga poses). Yoga is always and all about the harmony between the mind and the body. Here’s a list of a few benefits of Yoga and make sure you experience these for yourselves: –
I) Fitness on the whole
It is said that you are healthy when you are fit mentally as well as emotionally. Humanitarian and Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.” Yoga helps with postures, pranayama (breathing) and meditation.
A couple of minutes of yoga in a day can be an easy approach to dispose of the stress that accumulates in the body and in the mind.
III) Peaceful mind
A mini vacation in a day by practising yoga can help you find peace. It is as simple as going on a holiday to a beautiful place and feeling rejuvenated. Meditation is the best medicine to treat and heal a disturbed mind.
IV) Stay in shape
Surya Namaskar and Kapal Bhati pranayama help lose weight. Also, a regular practice of yoga makes your body quite sensitive to the kind of food your body needs; this helps keep a tab on your diet and thereby weight.
V) Better immunity
Any irregularity in the body affects the peace of the mind and similarly, any anxiety in the mind can manifest as an illness in the body. The poses and postures in yoga massage your organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques along with meditation discharges stress from your body and improves your ability to fight any potential illness.
VI) Greater awareness
The mind is constantly involved in thoughts of the past and/or apprehensions about the future. By being aware of this inclination of the mind to visit the past and the future, we become aware of the workings of the mind and will be able to stay more composed. The breathing exercises coupled with the various Yoga exercises create awareness and pull the mind to the present moment.
VII) Improve relations
Given the health benefits of Yoga and how Yoga keeps your mind in the present moment, it invariably improves your relationship with the individuals in your life.
VIII) Boosted energy
One way to recharge yourself in the middle of a busy day is to do a 10-minute guided meditation online.
From my experience with yoga exercises, I can tell you that your flexibility improves as does your posture and finally, your intuition will become a strong ally given all the clarity in your thoughts. Yoga focuses on the integration of “personality” which implies the harmonious functioning of the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual parts that constitute a personality. With Yoga, I’d say that experiencing it is believing it.
I hope you have as much fun doing a few yoga exercises by the beach as much as I love practising it and sharing my experiences with you! ❤️