Today is a big day in the Indian culture and heritage- June 21 is the International Yoga day! A day when the entire world celebrates the tradition of India and marches on the path of mental and physical wellness.
The word yoga comes from the Hindi yoga, originally from pre-Indo-European yeug, meaning “union” or “to join.” Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice originating in India. In a short span of time, Yoga has become one of the most popular fitness regime among various communities. Various asanas of yoga have a unique USP and are beneficial for the body! Yoga exercises help gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It can be done from the privacy of your home or in a classroom. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation.
International Yoga Day
My Tryst with Yoga
I have tried my hands at various fitness regimes be it outdoor sports like Boxing (non combat), Cricket, Badminton, swimming, cycling or fitness arenas like Gym. But my first fitness regime has to be yoga which i started doing when I was in 8th standard, way back in 1999. I was very short in height, (not that I look like a giant today!) but I used to be only 4 feet 8 inches! So one uncle suggested yoga and my brother and I subscribed to a yoga ashram within Delhi and we would learn the basics. The best part (at that time, the weirdest part) used to be drinking water with the nose at the end of the session. I used to be shit scared, though, today i laugh it off.
However, while learning Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Ardhmatsyendrasana and other many asanas, my height shot up 4-6 inches in a year! Boom! I was taller than the girls around me and this was a big ego boost!
Nowadays, I follow the following page setup by Ms Shikha Saxena to set my yoga skills and techniques right
Oh by the way, did I tell you about the Indian family that runs a BnB in Delhi and offers a free session of Yoga on the first day of stay? More about it in the next blog….
Happy Yoga day to all of you. Here’s wishing that all of us lead a healthy life.