Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family
The world has seen calamities of diverse nature in the recent past, be it fire outbreaks, locust swarms and cyclones. To cap it all the Covid-19 outbreak. It has brought to the fore, the importance of immunity and healthy living. Yoga is something that brings these qualities together.
Speaking to UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”
UN adopted with a record number of nations co-sponsoring the resolution to celebrate 21 June as “International Yoga Day”. The WHO mentions yoga as a means to improve health in its Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030: More active people for a healthier world.
When you think of Yoga you cannot but recall Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, compiled way back in 500 BCE by the sage Patanjali.
yogena chittasya padena vacham malam sharirasya cha vaidyakenaWith palms folded together,
yo ’pakarottam pravaram muninam patanjalim pranjalir anato ’smi
I bow respectfully to Patanjali, the best of sages,
Who dispels the impurities of the mind with Yoga,
of speech through Grammar, and of the body by means of Medicine.
The practise of Yoga was started during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization over 5,000 years ago. It was first mentioned in the Rig Veda. Several seals and fossil remains of Indus Saraswati valley civilization with Yogic motives and figures performing yoga indicate the presence of Yoga in India.
Yoga is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual practices and brings spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science. Yoga does not adhere to any religion, belief system or community; it has always been approached as a technology for inner wellbeing.
Nowadays, millions and millions of people across the world are practising Yoga and are being benefitted. More than 37 million people are practising yoga in the U.S. (as per 2016 ) and ~300 million yoga practitioners worldwide. It is predicted that in the US alone it is likely to cross 50 million by the end of 2020..
While fighting the battle against COVID-19 epidemic, there is a need to keep ourselves strong both physically and mentally. Practising Yoga and meditation are our ammunition in our fight against the unprecedented health pandemic.
Sadhguru says “The purpose of Yoga is to live strong not just in body but as a Strong Life”
June 21, what a day it is:
The Longest Day in the southern hemisphere
International Yoga Day
World Music Day
“Ring of Fire” making it special.