International Day of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient, physical and mental practise that has been practised in India since olden days. The word ‘yoga’ comes from Sanskrit, which means to join or unite, symbolising the unity of body and mind.
Today, yoga is being practised in various forms across the world. Due to its immense popularity and universal acceptance as a remedy to several health issues, the United Nations has proclaimed 21 June as ‘International Day of Yoga’.
The benefits of practicing yoga are many, and if practised daily, it helps improve-
  • Muscle strength and tone
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Body flexibility
  • It improves respiration and builds energy
  • It helps maintains a balanced metabolism rate
  • It helps in weight reduction
  • Improves on cardio and circulatory health
Yoga poses or asanas helps achieve an array of benefits some of them are as follows-
  • Pranayama- Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Parna’ which means ‘breath’ and ‘ayama’ which means ‘control’, this particular yogasana helps to increase the absorption of oxygen in the lungs, while improving on one’s mood and control of the mind and body.
  • Surya Namaskar- Also known as sun salutation, this yogasana comprises of 12 yoga poses and helps improve the cardiovascular health, while also improving the flexibility of the body.
  • Dhanurasana- Coming from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhanur’ which means ‘bow’, and ‘asana’ which means ‘pose’, this pose massages the abdominal muscles while adding flexibility to the back.
With the increased stress levels in one’s lifestyle, it is important for not only adults but also children to practise yoga to relieve the body and to maintain good health. The introduction of yoga in schools and colleges helps inform students about the benefits of yoga and how they can practise it as healthy individuals. Here are some ways by which schools can incorporate the practise of yoga in their activities-
  • Schools and colleges can organise a yoga session on a particular day every week. This will help students to develop the idea of practising yoga which they can slowly start practising in their daily life.
  • Yoga camps, workshops and other activities pertaining to yoga can be organised to educate and teach the students further about the benefits of practising it daily.
  • Schools and colleges can organise a yoga event where they can invite students from the nearing schools and colleges to take part in it and the whole session can be recorded live.
  • Older students in schools can be initiated to volunteer and reach out to schools and other educational and non-educational firms to motivate people to practise yoga.
  • Students can be encouraged to practise yoga at homes and create an awareness among their family members to do the same.
Yoga is not just a simple exercise that needs to be practiced on a particular day. But a way of life that has to be systematically followed to ensure a proportionate balance between physical and mental well-being.