Yoga is an ancient practice originated from India. This practice is 5000-year -old which heals your mind, body and soul and we can say that yoga reforms your thoughts to peruse a great lifestyle. June 21st was declared as the International Day of Yoga on December 11 in 2014, by United Nations General Assembly after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. During his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 Mr. Modi said- “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
Importance of yoga in our life:-
It gives us relief from countless ailments at the physical level. The practice of the postures (asans) strengthenes the body and creates a feeling of well being. From the psychological view point, yoga sharpens the intellect and aid in concentration; it steadies the emotions and encourages a caring for others.
The practice of breathing techniques (pranayam) calms the mind. In the realm of the spiritual yoga brings awareness and the ability to be still. Through meditation inner peace is experienced. Thus, it is a practical philosophy involving every aspect of a person’s being. It teaches the evolution of the individual by the development of self-discipline and self awareness. Anyone irrespective of age, health circumstances of life and religion can practice yoga. It helps to discipline our sense of power with the “power of our own”.
As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yog leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature. It is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. It has multiple meanings interpretational and connotation depending upon the context of usage according to the great sage Patanjali.
In yoga we find people practicing fasting celibacy. The renunciation of wealth possessions as well as tiding home, loved ones and society. The aim is always same to control desire is mental and emotional. There are many ways of doing it. Fasting is the most natural and fundamental training for controlling desire, being practiced instinctively by analyzing and primitive men who live close to nature.