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Yoga For The Soul – 3 Tips to Share on This International Yoga Day!

Yoga For The Soul - 3 Tips to Share on This International Yoga Day!

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“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self and to the self”. — The Bhagavad Geeta

Like a tranquil stream flowing above a bed of pebbles, yoga liberates your body, mind and soul. You attain a blissful state of mind through asanas and meditation. It might sound poetic, but one session of yoga is enough for you to realize the effect it has on your body.

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21st every year. It was internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address had suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year.

Yoga initially developed during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5000 years ago. However, some researchers believe it dates back to over 10,000 years. The word ‘yoga’ was first mentioned in the oldest holy book, the Rig Veda, which was a collection of songs, mantras and rituals used by the Brahmins (Vedic priests).

The main objective of traditional yoga is to open your body and clear your mind. It purifies your body, mind and soul. Some of the benefits of yoga are-

  • If yoga is practiced regularly it gives all round fitness.
  • Weight loss is slow but very effective.
  • It makes you calm and helps relieve stress, especially at work.
  • It improves concentration and focus.
  • It builds immunity.
  • Allows for better flexibility and postures.
  • It makes us feel energetic all through the day.
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown as one grows old.
  • Improves your bone health and blood flow.
  • The heartbeat and pulse rate slow and blood pressure drops.
  • Makes you even happier and peaceful.
  • Helps in cardiovascular and nervous disorders.
  • Helps you sleep deeper.
  • Makes the respiration process more efficient.

The work place can sometimes get a little stressful and you may avoid taking care of your body.  Here are some of the basic yoga stretch movements to keep your body healthy and happy —

  • Artha Kati Chakrasan [Side Bending]

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  • Artha Chandrasana [Back Bending]

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  • Padangushtasana [Hand Stretching continues by Leg Raising and Forward Bending]

Photograph of stretching exercise from The Stretching Handbook, 3rd Edition. leg-lift-400download

Why don’t you start practicing yoga for at least an hour a day and let us know how you feel?! I’m sure you would agree with us when we say it’s a perfect stress buster!

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