In today’s world, the lives of people are full of stress. There is not enough peace and not enough time to fix the upset cycles of the body. As a result, both physical and mental health is in turmoil. But there is a way out! The ancient discipline of Yoga attempts to bring your body and mind in harmony once again. It comprises of stretching and bending poses that develop strength. Along with catering to the exercises, Yoga also aims at spiritual well-being. The postures are called asanas, meaning comfortable and steady positions. It dates back to pre-Vedic traditions. The practice was a part of the lives of ascetics of India.
The practitioners of Yoga are known as Yogis. As per the holy Vedas, religious books of Hinduism, Lord Shiva was the Mahayogi. The discipline was incorporated in culture by him. It essentially guides the body, mind, and soul to salvation. The various postures cure many ailments and safeguard from many others. There are various sub-disciplines of Yoga. These are classified as per the severity of indulgence the participant wishes. In Indian gurukuls, the ancient schools, it was mandatory. Yoga unified the being with nature and God. The Vedas insisted on worshiping the nature’s elements. The five elements of fire, soil, water, sky, and air were the basis of life.
The Surya Namaskar is a popular asana in Yoga which comprises of twelve poses. It is a way of worshiping the Sun God. Scientific research has proved that repetitions of these poses improve muscle strength. They make use of all major muscles of the muscular system. All-round fitness is the destination of this path. Traditionally the asanas were performed in the fresh air, seeking the nature’s support. But over the time Yogic practices popularized across the world. And practitioners devised their ways.
Pranayama is also an inherent part of Yoga like asanas. These are breathing exercises. They allow us to focus on the inhalation and exhalation. These take us on a meditative journey. Also imposing control over diaphragm movements. It is the best way to connect with the subconscious and the soul at a deeper level. The inhalation tells you to breathe in new energy from your surroundings. We borrow it from nature. During exhalation, one must focus on getting rid of the negativity within us. The perfect natural balance is thus achieved.
Over recent decades, people have diverted to various alternative workouts. Yoga has gained wide acclaim in a short period. On account of the results and peace it delivers, it has become the favorite. It’s a complete package to achieve all fitness goals. Flexibility and agility are the most important ones. There are special asanas for ailments of the bone and joints. Also, the diseases of lung and heart have effective cures in the Yogic world. Anyone who attempted this discipline has stuck by it. The therapeutic effects are drawing more and more people. The practice increased exponentially with time. Thus began the celebration of the International Day of Yoga. This marks the journey to educate millions of others about its benefits!