21 June, we celebrate the spirit of International fitness Day of Yoga. From 2015 onwards we celebrate 21 June as International Day of Yoga, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. The idea of celebrating 21 June as International Yoga Day was proposed by the Prime Minister of India. Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27th September 2014. He chooses 21 June because as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. And also shares a special significance in many parts of the world.
After the UN declaration of 21 June as International Day of Yoga on 11th December 2014. The draft text received broad support from 177 members.
So, The first International fitness Day of Yoga was observed around the world on 21st June 2015. 35,985 people with 81 dignitaries of different nations including PM Modi performed 21 asanas for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Dehli.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke,” or “to unite”. The practice aims to create a union between body, mind, and spirit, as well as between the individual self and universal consciousness.
Yoga works on the level of one’s body, mind, emotion, and energy. This has given rise to four broad classifications of Yoga: karma yoga, where we utilize the body; bhakti yoga, where we utilize the emotions; gyana yoga, where we utilize the mind and intellect; and kriya yoga, where we utilize the energy.
So , Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility. Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength.
Asana is the physical practice of yoga and relates to the body. It is also another name for the poses or postures of yoga. In Sanskrit, the word asana translates as “seat,” specifically for meditation. Today asana is synonymous with yoga, but it is only one component.
An asana is a body posture , originally and still a general term for a sitting pose , and later extended in hatya yoga and modern yoga as exercise .
Basic yoga poses
- Mountain Pose. Sanskrit: Tadasana.
- Chair Pose. Sanskrit: Utkatasana.
- Down Dog on a chair. Sanskrit: Uttana shishosana.
- Downward-Facing Dog. Sanskrit: Adho Mukha Svanasana.
- Warrior II. Sanskrit: Virabhadrasana II.
- Triangle Pose. Sanskrit: Trikonasana.
- Tree Pose. Sanskrit: Vrksasana.
So , including yoga in daily routine helps you stay active and healthy .