Yoga is one of the best gifts from India to the world. This traditional Indian spiritual practice has been recognized across the world for its healing, positivity, strengthening and other health benefits. However it would be wrong to say that yoga is confined to our country as it is truly international. In fact, San Francisco is known as one of the yoga epicenters in the west. A lot of foreigners have taken keen interest in yoga over the years.
The first the International Yoga Day was a huge success. Here are some facts about the day :
- The resolution for the Yoga Day was co-sponsored by 175 of the 193 UN member nations in a short period of 75 days
- Forty-seven of the 56 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries too joined as co-sponsors, a stellar example of the universality of yoga
- Of the 193 UN member countries, yoga day was celebrated in 192 countries – except Yemen because of the conflict in the country
All the ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as the Bhagavad Gita herald yoga as science and not a religious practice. The ancient yogis, through years of meditation and trial and error came across certain breathing practices and postures that led to several health benefits, increased energy, positive frame of mind, increased happiness, harmony and peace. In fact, the Government of India established a new department called the Ministry of AYUSH to support the research and development in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy for healing.
In today’s world, everyone is restless and on the edge. There bouts of energy followed by a period of lull. Everyone is over ambitious and want to achieve a lot in a short span of time. This is the perfect recipe for burnouts, a disaster waiting to happen. If you are frequently feeling burnouts, yoga is the perfect antidote to quieten your mind, healing your body and revive your energies.
Lisa Buyer, Author, Speaker and Professor at UFJ School was sinking into depression after facing some courtroom drama with her ex-husband. Fortunately for her, her family pushed her into yoga and in just 7 days, she was feeling mentally and physically cleansed and stronger and within 30 days she was back to her normal self. Practicing yoga changes your perspective, makes you more accepting, affirmative and forgiving. It is like a salve for the wounded soul significantly improving your mental temperament and moods.