History of International Yoga Day
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. It is an important part of Indian culture and civilization. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. In the last fifty years, thousands of people from all over the world have made it a part of their daily routine.
Yoga is more than a physical activity. It promotes lifestyle patterns that foster good health. It also reduces the rate of health-challenging diseases in the world.2 Lastly, it aims to develop a habit of meditation for peace of mind and self-awareness. For those reasons, International Yoga Day helps spread growth, development, and peace throughout the world.
The date of June 21 was chosen as it is the summer solstice, the day where there is the most sun out of every other day of the year. The summer solstice is celebrated in several cultures and has special significance in many parts of the world. For more information on the summer solstice, read this article.
What are the benefits to practicing yoga?
Incorporating yoga into your daily routine can help enhance your health, improve your balance and flexibility, and reduce symptoms of depression.3 But there are several other benefits to practicing yoga that you might be missing.
• It's Inclusive
People of all age groups, religions, nationalities, and social backgrounds can practice yoga. Fast-paced, slow-paced, meditative, and restorative are some of the different forms of yoga that you can practice. Size and fitness levels don't matter — there are modifications for every yoga pose.
• Helps manage stress and pain
Do you have back or neck pain, difficulty sleeping, or headaches? If you regularly practice yoga, it can create mental clarity and calmness to lower blood pressure, relieve stress or anxiety, and improve sleep quality. It can also strengthen and stabilize the spine, relieving chronic back pain and arthritis.4
• Helps improve breathing
Yoga focuses on controlling the breath through breathing exercises and techniques. Improving breathing can help build endurance, optimize performance, and keep your lungs and heart healthy. This breathwork is ideal for those with lung disease, heart problems, and asthma.5
Now that you’ve learned what yoga has to offer your mind, body, and soul, we’ve created a list of products you might need in preparation for International Yoga Day!
What kind of equipment do I need?
Bolsters make seated and forward bending poses more comfortable. Bolsters are particularly helpful in restorative and prenatal yoga classes. Simply place the roll under the knees to alleviate pressure on the back in supine position.
5 Beginner Yoga Poses to Try at Home
Now that you have the props you need to do yoga at home, what poses can you start with in preparation for International Yoga Day? We’ve round up a few beginners poses for you to try. If you’re working from home and don’t have a lot of time, read this article.
Having fun trying out these yoga poses? You can also watch this video to add a few more into your daily routine!
It’s important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Leading up to International Yoga Day, make a new beginning by practicing yoga every day!
1. Anonymous. (2020). History of Yoga: Exploring Its Origins. Motherhood Community. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/3rqrGyH
2. McGee, Kristen. (2020). Yoga Equipment Guide for Beginners. VeryWell Fit. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/2QI77Bl
3. Link, Rachael. (2017). 13 Benefits of Yoga That Are Supported by Science. Healthline. Retrieved from https://bit.ly/3ssx45E
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