International Day of Yoga

by | Jun 21, 2022 | Resources | 0 comments

One thing pretty much everyone seems invested in right now is self-care. If the pandemic taught us anything, our health and wellness, both physical and emotional, are so critical. Yoga emerged as a go-to option for many looking to get fit and relax mentally and emotionally. June 21st marks the International Day of Yoga. It’s not only a day to celebrate yoga and what it can do for us but also to recognize that we have to highlight the urgency of self-care in our lives.

For some, the International Day of Yoga may mean taking a new yoga class and experiencing something they’ve never tried before. For others, it may mean practicing their regular yoga habit more intently. And still, for others, the International Day of Yoga may signify exploring the different types of yoga available in their communities and taking the time to learn about the true essence of yoga.

Understanding Yoga

So why do so many people engage in yoga around the country?

The word yoga is actually from Sanskrit and means to unite. It’s a unification of the body with the mind or consciousness. There are many different forms of yoga available, and you can find practitioners in just about all types around the United States.

The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated back in 2014. Since then, it has become a worldwide celebration, a moment to relax, breathe deep, and pay attention to yourself and, consequently, what you may need to do to help yourself.

Having an International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the prime minister of India in a speech he gave at the United Nations. The UN then drafted a proposal to commemorate this day. It truly is about finding that balance between the mental, spiritual, and physical.

Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Yoga helps with balance. Many poses require you to balance on 1 foot while doing other things with your body or arms, for example. Yoga can ultimately improve your strength and flexibility and help solidify your balance.

Yoga promotes heart health. They find that regular yoga practice helps to reduce stress. This, in turn, can help lower your risk of specific heart issues. Not to mention, yoga can help you lose weight, which is also very good for your heart.

Yoga can enhance your sleep. One of the things that yoga does is teach you how to relax. Knowing how to relax can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep and thus have a more effective and healthier sleep overall.

Yoga gives you access to a community. One of the great things about practicing yoga is that you are generally in a class setting. This automatically lends itself to helping you create relationships within that setting. It is a great way to alleviate loneliness.

Yoga can help reduce inflammation. Again, this goes back to engaging in a practice that promotes better health. Studies have found that regular yoga can lead to reduced overall inflammation.

Is Yoga for You?

While yoga may not be for everybody, giving it a try on this International Day of Yoga might not be a bad idea. So why not call around to local gyms or health clubs in your area and see what yoga classes they might offer. It certainly can’t hurt to try.

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