Today year marks the eighth annual celebration of the International Day of Yoga. Passed down for thousands of years and a living relic of ancient Indian culture, Yoga has a long and colourful history that goes back to the Vedic age. The United Nations General Assembly in 2015 officially recognised June 21 as Yoga Day upon the suggestion of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The day was chosen as it coincides with the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, a day that is typically associated with spiritual significance in many parts of the world.
Yoga can be beneficial in more ways than one in the life of a student. Practising yoga every day can help you stay fit, improve your mental health, help you focus and therefore study better, and generally improve your overall well-being. Yoga time can also turn into a group activity by practising it with your family.
As we celebrate International Day of Yoga today, let’s roll out your yoga mats and get started with these asanas!
Salute to the Sun – Surya Namaskara
Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is an exercise of 12 asanas that are inspired by the sun’s movements and combined with rhythmic breathing.
Benefits: Surya Namaskar is a great warm-up exercise. It helps you stretch your entire body and move every joint and major muscles. The smooth transition between the asanas will help you concentrate better. After completion of each round, you will notice how relaxed and happy you feel.
Legs up the wall
Benefits: Legs up the wall pose is a great way to relax. It helps with blood circulation and calms your nerves.
Bicycle or Running Pose
Benefits: This asana is very beneficial to your chest, lower back, and your thigh muscles.
Breathe In, Breathe Out!
Benefits: This slow breathing exercise is loaded with benefits. It helps you calm your mind, makes you more observant and deep breathing gives you a full boost of energy!
Yoga is good for your body, mind, and soul. So start practising every day. And while you’re at it, don’t rush! Take it slow and enjoy the journey!
Which one is your favourite asana? Tell us in the comments below.
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