June 21 is a day for celebrating yoga, and for creating awareness about its benefits throughout the world. Yoga is popular worldwide, because of its relevance to the modern lifestyle, in terms of helping us enhance vitality and reduce stress.
Yoga has been very much a part of my life and career, because ayurveda and yoga are so closely connected. The best thing about yoga is that it does not need any equipment and can be done anywhere. I have been practising yoga every morning for a long time. What appeals to me is that it involves breath control and it specifies the inhalation and exhalation of breath during exercise. I have found it to be ideal for relieving fatigue, calming the mind and bringing about total relaxation.
There are many asanas that can increase the flow of blood to your face. The headstand, fish pose, child’s pose, plough pose are a few asanas that will boost circulation. If you perform these asanas every day for at least 10-15 minutes, you will see a difference. These asanas help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the face and flush out toxins, giving you a glow that’s unparalleled.
Pranayama is good for destressing.
It also increases oxygen flow to the cells that improves the body’s natural healing process. Deep breathing opens up the lungs, eventually increasing the flow of oxygen and blood flow to the skin cells. This oxygenated blood is rich in regenerative properties. For best results, practise pranayama early in the morning when the air is most fresh.
Yoga is the way to achieve harmony of body, mind and soul. It not only teaches us to control the mind, but also to attain knowledge of the inner Self. It teaches us breath control. Thus, we can use its power to renew ourselves and achieve total relaxation.
The word ‘yoga’ actually means ‘union’ and signifies the union of body and mind. Therefore, it recognises that body and mind are not separate entities; they are interdependent and interlinked.
Modern research has shown that it is based on scientific principles. Yogasanas involve static positions and a particular pose is supposed to be held for a prescribed duration of time. During this time, the mind is also disciplined, as it concentrates on particular parts of the body.
On International Yoga Day, celebrate the power of yoga for a lifetime of youth and vitality. Bring Yoga into the experience of your daily life.
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