From the time of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to Swami Vivekananda’s lectures on Yoga in Chicago (1893), Yoga has always captured the imagination of the world. And, thanks to the efforts of our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, every year since 2015, 21st June (the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere) is celebrated as International Day of Yoga.
First conceptualized by Mr. Modi in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly Speech in 2014, this day promotes the celebration of physical, mental and spiritual health. This is especially vital in today’s hectic life where people are constantly on their toes and always in a rush. Moreover, with rapidly escalating global problems like the development of superbugs, depleting ozone, staggering greenhouse gases and alarming level of pollution; there’s a need to press the pause button and look for fresh answers to the problems. It is Yoga which has come to the rescue to the life of many urban dwellers and helped them tackle contemporary menaces.
One instance where yoga has helped people is by combatting stress. Some of the yogic asanas designed to reduce stress include Sukhasana (easy pose), Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend) and Ananda Balasana (happy baby pose). Yoga is also an easy remedy to cure a growing health problem in India – obesity. Some of the postures to get rid of obesity include Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Sarvangasana (limb pose) and Suryanamaskar (12 sun salutation postures). Yoga is also an effective shield against cholesterol; which may trigger a heart attack or heart failure. Vajrasana (diamond pose) and Kapalbhati (cleansing) are some of the asanas and Kriyas to control cholesterol. Besides this, there are a number of yogic exercises, which you can perform in order to take care of your overall health such as Apanasana (to reduce the pain & stiffness in your lower back), Urdva Prasarta Padasana (to tone your abs), Vinyasa (to gain flexibility and strength) and Utkatasana (to tone your legs).
On the eve of International Day of Yoga, some of the leading hotels of the city such as Howard Johnson Bengaluru Hebbal are ensuring that they contribute in this great practice. For instance, the hotel is arranging group and personal sessions with Yoga Guru Sai Bhatt where he will also share beneficial fitness tips.
Get ready to practice Yoga the traditional classical way and take the first decisive step towards a healthier you!