International Yoga Day
Yoga is much more than just an Indian culture, it is a way of life and a medical miracle. Yoga has been the source of peace and serenity for many centuries. It is also used as a physical form of exercise to maintain one’s weight and is used to control the health of the body and mind. Today, as we celebrate International Yoga Day let’s take a look at a few rules to follow to get the best of Yoga.
International Yoga Day History
“Yoga is not about what we can do with it, but it is the medium of redress.” – Narendra Modi
International Yoga Day is celebrated on the 21st of June, ever since 2015. It first came into existence when India’s current PM, Mr. Narendra Modi first suggested that we consider this day of importance during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, on 27 September 2014.
With a unanimous vote, this great day of importance came into existence.
The date, 21st June, was suggested by Mr. Narendra Modi for International Yoga Day as it is said to be the longest day in the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Rules For A Peaceful Yoga Practice
- Maintain a proper diet at all times. Binge eating will not assist you.
- While practicing yoga, always be mindful of your breathing as it is the focus secret behind the benefits of yoga.
- Drink sufficient water during the day. Distribute it over the day instead of gulping down half a liter of water at a time.
- Practice yoga on an empty stomach, preferably three hours after you eat. (Hence, why most people practice it in the morning.)
- Always start with simple exercises and then proceed to more difficult tasks.
- Practice on a regular basis rather than once or twice a month, to truly reap its many benefits. Joining a class or exercising with a friend will help encourage your continuity.
- Do not practice during menstruation.
- Pregnant women must get doctor’s advice before practicing.
- Always use a yoga mat or a sheet. Never practice on the bare floor as you may cause more damage than healing the body.
- Always take a 10-second break between poses.
- Practicing in fresh air is healthier. However, if this option is not available to you, you may still practice yoga indoors.
- Maintain a proper sleep pattern. Irregular sleep combined with yoga will do your body no good.
- Yoga can be practiced at the youngest of ages to the oldest. There is no age restriction. However, it is important that you do not push your body to limits it isn’t comfortable with, especially in the initial stages.
- You can always try a few simple yoga poses for beginners to start with.