International Yoga Day – Yoga for Mental & Physical health
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, introduced the celebration of ‘Yoga Day’. India’s draft proposal was then approved by a record 177 member states. June 21, 2015 marked the auspicious beginning of the first International Yoga Day around the world. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition and an invaluable gift from India to the world. It embodies the unity of mind and body. Thoughts and actions; Restraint and perfection; The harmony between man and nature; It is a holistic approach to health and wellness. It is not just an exercise but a discovery of the feeling of oneness with oneself, the world and nature. It changes our way of life and creates consciousness.
Yoga is a holistic method of healing the various systems of the body and mind. It is said that the seats make the body strong and flexible, renewing new confidence. The practice of pranayama purifies the internal systems and organs, which acts as a superior complement to the seats. The energy that is generated in the body through this physical exercise travels to the world of meditation for the sake of stability and tranquillity.
- Theme of International Yoga Day 2022:
The theme of International Yoga Day 2022 is ‘Yoga for Humanity’. The central government has allocated special programs for the disabled and transgender, women and children. The last few years have been marked by significant emotional, physical and mental conflict for many, so International Yoga Day 2022 sheds light on this theme. Covid-19 epidemic has introduced better health practices in daily life through yoga.
- The word “yoga” comes from the root word “yuz” which means “to yoke” or “to bind“. Modern media and advertisements may think that yoga is a physical posture, yoga involves extensive thoughtful and self-disciplinary exercises like meditation, chanting, mantra, prayer, breathing.
Let’s talk about some benefits of Yoga in this auspicious day—
Yoga improves body flexibility:
In 2016, the two leading yoga organizations, the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Alliance, conducted a worldwide survey on yoga in an attempt to measure its value amid growing popularity. The most cited reason people chose to do yoga was “increasing flexibility”. Flexibility is an important element of physical health.
Yoga seems to be especially helpful in increasing the flexibility of adults 65 years of age or older. Decreased flexibility is a normal rule of aging, and a study in 2019, found that it improves flexibility in older adults.
Yoga takes care of mental health and it helps with stress:
Mental health is a much-discussed topic at present. A 2017 meta-analysis looking at the effects of yoga-based treatment on depressive symptoms conclusively concludes that yoga can now be considered an effective alternative treatment for MDD (Major Depress Disorder). Science supports that yoga, and especially sitting, works well to reduce stress.
Physical exercise is just one aspect of yoga. Meditation, breathing exercises, and listening practices, such as chanting, have also been found to significantly reduce arousal and relieve stress.
Yoga increases Power and Strength:
Muscle strength does a lot to increase physical fitness. Yoga protects against conditions like arthritis and back pain and helps prevent physical disability, especially in the elderly. When energy is created through yoga, it has to be balanced with flexibility.
Yoga increases blood flow:
Yoga makes blood flow in the body. More specifically, the exercises that are done in yoga can help your blood circulation, especially your hands and feet. Yoga provides the right supply of oxygen to each of your cells. Twisting postures are thought to expel venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow after twisting. Helps prevent swelling of your legs from heart or kidney problems. Yoga increases the levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. It can reduce heart attacks and strokes because many people die as a result of blood clots.
Yoga makes you happier:
One study found that regular yoga practice helps reduce depression and significantly increases serotonin levels and monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and lowers cortisol levels. At the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson, Ph.D. Seeing that the left prefrontal cortex shows higher activity among meditators, this is a discovery that is associated with greater levels of happiness and better immunity. Its activation has been found to be better among long-term practitioners.
Yoga helps you sleep deeper and boost immune system:
Yoga can relieve the hustle and bustle of modern life. Restorative asanas, yoga sleep, savasana, pranayama and meditation have special effects on the nervous system. Another beneficial aspect of regular yoga practice is less fatigue and less stress, so it helps to avoid various accidents. Sleep is one of the main benefits of yoga that almost every practitioner can experience regardless of their skill level. Asanas and pranayama probably improve immunity, but, to date, meditation has the strongest scientific support for this. It has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the immune system, which can be increased or decreased when needed.
Every enthusiastic yoga practitioner must have noticed the benefits of yoga. Maybe you are sleeping better or getting less cold or you are feeling more comfortable Western science has begun to provide specific clues as to how yoga works to improve health, cure pain, and ward off illness. Once you understand them, you’ll be more motivated to step on the mat, and the next time someone asks you about the benefits of yoga, you probably won’t feel so tongue tied.