The United Nations General Assembly established June 21 as the annual International Day of Yoga in December 2014, adopting our Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recommendation. The first International Day of Yoga was then observed in India on June 21, 2015.
Around 35,000 people gathered in New Delhi's Rajpath neighbourhood to mark the first-ever International Day for Yoga by engaging in 84 asanas (postures) for 35 minutes. Officials from 84 different nations, including the Prime Minister, attended the occasion. The day was officially the day that old Indian practises were brought to the rest of the world, and ever since then, it has been observed globally with performances and other festivities.
Yoga unquestionably serves as the link between a person's mind and body and aids in maintaining a connection with both the universe and a larger feeling of community. Even though yoga is an age-old practise that started in India thousands of years ago, it is still regarded as being very relevant and helpful in modern society because it covers a wide spectrum of physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health issues.
Yoga checks all the necessary boxes and can assist you with practically all of your fitness and lifestyle objectives and desires, whether they involve boosting immunity, lowering stress or anxiety, or enhancing muscle flexibility.
Here are some health advantages of regularly practising yoga:
Benefits to physical health: Yoga includes a variety of positions or asanas that gradually stretch our muscles, increasing the flexibility of the different muscle groups in our bodies. The majority of yoga poses are designed to bolster one's internal strength. Yoga can help you lose weight, prevent injuries, improve your body posture, vitality, and metabolism in addition to increasing your muscle flexibility, strength, and body toning.
Benefits for mental health: Yoga can have a positive impact on your mood, behaviour, and general mental health in a number of ways. Daily yoga practise helps students and working professionals focus better, relax, and find peace of mind. It also helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety, tension, and other conditions. Only by constantly doing a mix of meditation and yoga can one achieve astounding levels of mental clarity and tranquillity. In the long run, yoga can help anyone combat depression, keep a positive attitude on life in general, retain a positive self-image, and help them develop strong willpower and tolerance (both for themselves and others).
Benefits to mental health: Yoga is a psychology unto itself. We feel healthier and have a greater sense of gratitude and wellbeing when we practise yoga regularly. In addition, yoga is widely recognised as a complementary therapy to enhance people's quality of life because it provides a fantastic way to achieve the "flow state." Regular yoga practise assists individuals in gaining mindfulness, fosters greater inner peace and tranquilly, and enhances our capacity for concentration and joy throughout the day. It goes without saying that yoga opens the door to greater spiritual and emotional well-being as well!