International Day of Yoga is celebrated on the 21st of June every year.
International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister at the UN General Assembly. The 21st of June is chosen as it is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere: the summer and winter solstices.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India approximately 6,000 years ago. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit. It means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today, it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
How to practice Yoga?
Yoga is performed in bare feet on a sticky yoga mat with optional yoga props. The yoga movements and poses require clothes that can stretch and move freely with your body.
Here is a simple yoga routine that you can incorporate into your everyday life:
Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a combination of 12 yoga poses. This is usually practiced in the morning. Beginners can start with 2-4 rounds and then gradually increase the rounds.
The benefits of practicing Surya Namaskar are:
- Improves strength, balance, and flexibility
- Tones the muscles
- Great cardio training
- Helps in hormonal balance
- Improves digestion
- Promotes weight loss
- Increases energy and awareness levels
- Reduces moods swings and brings more emotional stability
- Helps you get glowing skin
Click here for a step-by-step video and written tutorial by the Art of Living on how to practice Surya Namaskar.
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