Yoga- The Beautiful Indian Science

Yoga-Day Yoga Day

Listen up all the yogis of the world! Your day to celebrate, practice and spread the message of yoga is here! The International Day of Yoga (June 21) is just round the corner and here is a shout out to all the enthusiastic yogis to come out with their mats and spread the love of this ancient practice. Of course, all the novices are also invited to come and celebrate. Yoga is after all, one of India’s finest jewels, having been founded on our soil.
India is popular for many things, like our culture, diversity, natural beauty etc… and rightly so, for these are just some of the virtues that make every Indian stand with pride.  Yoga is the other virtue Indians should be proud of, for it’s one of the most beautiful and spiritual experiences a person can have.
With all the chatter and excitement surrounding Yoga Day, let me tell you what this ancient science is all about! The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to bind, yoke, attach and join. It also means a union or communion of the individual Self with the universal Self.  Codified by Sage Patanjali in his work, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yoga has eight stages known as Ashtanga Yoga namely:
-Yama – Universal Commandments,
-Niyama – Rules for Self Purification,
– Asana – Postures,
– Pranayama – Control of the Breath,
– Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the Senses,
– Dharana- Concentration,
– Dhyana- Meditation
– Samadhi – final goal of Yoga
Unlike popular belief, the study of Yoga is not only about meditation or spirituality. It is about bringing calmness and tranquility to a disturbed mind with the help of the above mentioned eight stages. In our hectic, stressful and fast-paced lives, incorporating a yoga practice will only help us cope better and more effectively.
For all those days when you are hard-pressed for time to exercise, yoga acts as a perfect solution to your problem. To practice yoga all you require is a mat. No need to join the gym, no need to buy expensive sports equipment, no need to consume protein shakes. All you need is interest and dedication. The practice of Asanas will not only make you agile, alert and strong but it will also help ward off those unwanted ailments! The best part about Yoga is that there is no age-limit to start. Anyone and everyone, irrespective of age, gender, caste, creed, race can practice Yoga and reap it’s innumerable benefits.
With the Prime Minister himself, urging the country to take to this practice, I wonder what you all are waiting for?!

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