World Yoga Day or International Yoga Day was declared by the United Nations on 11th December 2014, after recognising the importance and the universal appeal of Yoga on the minds and soul. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by our Hon'ble Indian Prime Minister, when he addressed to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. " The date 21st June was suggested as it is also the Summer Solstice, as the World Yoga Day or International Day of Yoga, Mr. Narendra Modi had also added that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. " And now we're celebrating it every year. The main purpose of celebrating World Yoga day is mainly to raise the awareness of practising Yoga and its benefits across the globe so that every human could lead a blissful life.
To most of us, Yoga is limited to only the asanas or the yoga poses but we often fail to understand how much Yoga benefits to unite one's body, soul and breath. Meditation or Pranayam, Surya Namaskar, Kapalbhati, Tadasana, Trikonasanas are a few forms which one can start with as a beginner, all you've to do is focus on the breathing techniques in order to attain that healthy and fit body.
Let's count on the benefits of yoga:
- It helps in overall fitness
- Shed off excess fat and helps in reducing weight
- Best stress-reliever
- Calms your minds and provides inner peace
- Helps you stay aware and focused
- Helps you attain a perfect body posture and make your body flexible
- Helps in improving body's immunity
- Makes your relationships better with your dear ones