International Yoga day celebrated every year on June 21, however this year due to ongoing threat of Coronavirus the theme set by United Nations for this year is “ Yoga for Health and Yoga at Home”
International Yoga Day 2020 is celebrated every year on June 21, to highlight its importance and its role in keeping human health fit and strong. This year Yoga day is celebrated globally amid the pandemic, hence keeping with that, this year it’s a virtual celebration by practicing yoga at home by following the social distancing norms. With a theme set by the United Nations: “Yoga for Health- Yoga at Home.”
“ Due to the contagious nature of Covid-19, no mass gathering would be advisable this year. Hence this year, the ministry is encouraging people to practice yoga at their home, with participation from the entire family.” AYUSH ministry said in a statement.”
Yoga Day 2020: What is Yoga and its Importance
The word Yoga derives from a Sanskrit word Yuj means to “Yoke,” “bind,” or “join together,” it also specifies “union” or ‘Oneness.” It refers to a particular spiritual technology originated in India as early as 1800 BC and got the universal appeal, on 11 December 2014. Hence the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.
It is an art, a science, and a philosophy that touches the lives of humans at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual. It is a practical method of making one’s life purposeful, useful and noble.
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The exercise cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in our daily activities.
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi was the first to introduce the proposal in his address during the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought, and action…. a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well being. Yoga is not just exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.”
Hence during this distressing time of pandemic and following the 2020 theme, it’s advisable to stay home for this year’s celebration instead of attending a large gathering, Hence to keep your spirits high, you can learn some poses to kick start your better health.
Tadasana Namaskarasana ( Mountain Pose)
Tadasana Namaskarasana or the Mountain pose is considered a warm-up yoga pose to prepare the body for more intense yoga poses. It’s beneficial in maintaining a correct posture and strengthening the thighs, knees, and heels.
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Trikonasana is a triangle pose that tones the legs, reduces stress, and helps get rid of issues like bloating and back pain. This asana stimulates and improves blood circulation through the entire body, Cures digestion.
Surya Namaskar ( Sun Salutation)
A healthy body gives a happy life, and that’s possible by yoga asanas gifted by our ancient sages, Surya Namaskar is among one of them. It should is done facing the early morning mild sunlight fro
- It improves blood circulation
- Improves the functioning of the heart.and lungs
- Makes spine and waist more strong
- Improves digestion
- Improves concentration power
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
The name Bhujangasana derives from the Sanskrit word bhujanga, which translates ‘snake’ and asana meaning posture. It’s referred to as Cobra Pose as it mirrors the position of a cobra. The pose opens up the shoulders, stretches muscles in the shoulder and chest, also strengthens the arms and helps get rid of constipation.
Vrikshasana ( Tree pose)
This posture replicates the poised steady stance of a tree. Unlike other yoga poses, one should keep his eyes open to maintain body balance.
- This pose leaves you strengthened by stretching your legs, back and arms, and revitalize you.
- It makes the legs strong, flexible, and opens the hip.
- It is also helpful to the one suffering from sciatica.
- It brings balance and equipoise to your mind.
Apart from the above information, you can keep connected to your friends to celebrate the International Yoga day virtually through video calls by downloading apps like Skype, Google Duo, Whatsapp, and Zoom.
Regular physical exercise and social activities make us think differently and creatively to enhance a healthy mind and body. Let this day be beginning for it.
When you embrace yoga, you are actually accepting the good thing around you, “Happy Yoga Day to all”.