International Yoga Day has been celebrated since 2015. It is celebrated annually on June 21. This year, the day coincides with Father’s Day and World Music Day. For the uninformed, the day was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise awareness of yoga and its countless benefits. Yoga, which is considered to be India’s greatest gift to the world, is actually not widely practiced in India. However, initiatives, events and now a dedicated day have made it possible to mobilize people to include yoga in their daily life. By talking about the myriad benefits, ranging from relief from physical health issues to mental health issues, one can reduce the risks and even cure several major illnesses.
One should include yoga now, especially during this trying and stressful time, as it calms and reduces stress and also strengthens our immunity. And we can’t stress how so important mental health and better immunity are now. On the occasion of Yoga Day, we asked Janhavi Patwardhan, Yoga Instructor, Sarva & Diva Yoga to share why to include yoga on a daily basis, an asana that anyone can do on a daily basis, and their take on yoga classes online.
1. Why do yoga every day?
Yoga is not just a physical practice, it works on different levels including physical, mental and spiritual. Due to our lifestyles these days, we have stopped recognizing our health. Even when we take time, we only focus on the body, we barely address the mind or our soul. When you practice yoga, all of these aspects are intertwined, making it a holistic workout and experience. Practicing yoga every day helps you check your body, mind and soul on a daily basis and if you encounter any inconsistencies or problems, yoga offers you various solutions as well.
Practicing yoga on a physical level has its own benefits. Yoga is a low impact practice which means that at all times of the practice your body is safe and not prone to injury. Yoga and its various aspects have solutions to a number of physical demands, from pain to weight loss to strength and toning etc. In addition, breathing work and meditative practices also heal you internally.
2. Many of us complain about the lack of time, what is a simple and quick asana or sequence that anyone can do on a daily basis?
The best practice that you can include in your daily routine is Suryanamaskars or Sun Salutations. This is an amazing 12 step sequence that energizes and strengthens the whole body.
3. Several people do yoga through apps and videos, is it possible to do without a qualified instructor? Your views?
Virtual lessons and practices have become the need of the hour. There is nothing wrong with training on apps / online courses, but as a beginner there are a few things to keep in mind:
– Always be sure to check the limitations / contraindications of the class. Which means you need to check if it is safe for you to take the course.
– Do not push yourself to the point of discomfort or pain.
– Make sure your body is warmed up.
– If you have any health problems, do a little research beforehand to find out what you should never do. If you are taking online classes, be sure to let the teacher know about your health.
Yoga, whether practiced in the studio or virtually, is always meant to bring calm and happiness. So try to show up on the mat with gratitude and compassion in your heart.
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