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Yoga- Harmony between Mind and Body
Dr. Banarsi Lal and Dr. Pawan Sharma6/25/2019 12:01:30 AM
Every year 21st of June is celebrated as the International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day across the globe with full enthusiasm and zeal by practicing yoga, meditation, debates, meetings, discussions, by performing cultural performances etc. United Nations General Assembly declared this important day on 11th of December in 2014 with the support of 177 countries. The declaration was done after the call by the Indian Prime Minister, Narinder Modi to the United General Assembly on 27th of September in 2014 during his address to the United Nations General Assembly. He called the United Nations General Assembly for adopting 21st of June as an International Yoga Day to create the awareness on Yoga so that people across the globe can take benefits of Yoga. The word 'yoga' derives from Sanskrit and it means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Presently it is practiced in various forms across the globe and gaining its popularity rapidly. The theme for the 2019 Yoga Day celebration is 'Climate Action.' The theme highlights the fact that climate change is undoubtedly the biggest bane that focuses our generation. Aware members of society are constantly attempting to innovate, debate and implement new and more effective ways to reverse the negative impact the human population on the environment. Yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieve a balance between mind and body. The organizers believe that this approach to health and well-being can make a direct and useful contribution to the mankind's quest to achieve sustainable development and adopt lifestyles that are in harmony with nature. June 21 is considered as the longest day of the year with the sun rising early and setting late for the Northern hemisphere.
Modern era is known for technological advancement which has made our life comfortable and easy but incorrect and busy lifestyle, pollution, changing climatic conditions, modern work culture etc. have made the life difficult. Many problems have been created in all the dimensions of life viz. physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. Yoga tries to provide a right direction in all walks of life. The uniqueness of Yoga is that it takes care of our health. This facilitates the practitioners of other systems of medicine, including conventional medicine to prescribe Yogic therapies to the patients. Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition and It embodies unity of mind and body. It brings harmony between man and nature. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and nature. It can help us deal with climate change by changing our lifestyles. The Yoga is well accepted across the globe. Yoga is a spiritual science originated in India by ancient Indian sages. In India this practice has been considered as the mental, physical and spiritual practice from the last 5000 years old. Yoga was originated in India in ancient times when people used meditation to transform their body and mind. Launching a particular date of practicing yoga all across the world and celebrating as yoga day was initiated by the Indian Prime Minister to the United Nations General Assembly. It has been observed that Yoga is beneficial for all the human beings if it is practiced regularly. Yoga is a valuable gift of India to the world. Yoga unites mind and body, thought and action. Yoga harmonizes man and nature and is useful for the well-being of human beings. Yoga helps to change our life style and everyone should adopt this day because of declining health status and changing climate in the present era. This resolution has been adopted under the Global Health and Foreign Policy by the General Assembly in order to provide a holistic approach to the people across the globe for their health. International Yoga Day is celebrated by the global leaders across the world and it is celebrated in more than 170 countries including the USA, Canada, China, UK etc. On this day Yoga training campus are organised followed by yoga competitions and various other activities to increase the awareness of the people. Yoga increases the level of well-being of the people and helps to change the life styles of the people in a positive way. On this day various government and non-government organisations get together to create the awareness on Yoga.
Regular practice of Yoga offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Yoga helps us to become more flexible by bringing greater range of motion in the tight areas. With the regular practice of Yoga one can expect to gain flexibility in ones hamstrings, back, shoulders and hips. With age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially when we spend a lot of time by sitting, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can help reverse this process. Yoga builds strength. Many Yoga poses require us to bear our body weight in innovative ways, including balancing on one leg or supporting with arms. Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength. Yoga increases muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, strong muscles in our legs, arms, back, and abdomen. Yoga improves the balance in our mind and body. Yoga helps to strengthen the muscles around the joints by reducing their load. People with arthritis often see marked improvement in their pain and mobility with regular yoga practice. Yoga prevents back pain. Increased flexibility and strength can help to prevent the causes of back pain. Many people who have back pain spend a lot of time on computer or driving a car, which causes tightness throughout the body and spinal compression. Yoga counteracts these conditions.
Yoga teaches us best ways of breathing. We generally take shallow breaths. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on breathing and teach us how to take deep breaths, which is beneficial for the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help to clear the nasal passages and even calm the nervous system. Yoga increases mental calmness. Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what our body is doing has the effect on the calmness to our mind and body. Yoga helps for meditation techniques, such as how to focus on our breath and disengage from our thoughts. These skills are very valuable in intense situations. Yoga reduces our stress. Physical activity is very important for relieving our stress and this is particularly true in Yoga. Because of the concentration required, our daily troubles seem to melt away during the time we are on the mat. This provides a much-needed break from our stress, as well as helps to put our problems into perspective. Yoga increases self- confidence. Yoga improves our mind-body connection, giving us a better awareness of our own body. It has also been observed that Yoga lowers cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Practicing yoga regularly improves bone density among the adults, balances the sugar level in the body and significantly increases the lung capacity. Fast food, preserved foods, junk food, high calorie rich diet , smoking, alcohol, drugs , lack of proper rest and exercise have made us impatient resulting in the development of various ailments such as diabetes, heart attacks, hypertension, arthritis, back pain etc. Yoga as a non- invasive mode of treatment and it can treat the mind and body effectively with its different practices. Yoga is the right medium for the people to avoid their health problems. Yoga develops positive attitude and promotes positive health.
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