Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice invented in India in ancient time. The word “Yoga” originates from Sanskrit and it means to join or to unit, indicating the union of body and consciousness. Yoga is a perfect rapport between mind and body, between man and nature, and between health and wellness.
International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21. The purpose of celebrating International Yoga Day is to raise awareness worldwide of benefits of practicing Yoga. On this Yoga Day let’s pledge to make Yoga a part of daily life and keep ourselves and our society in good health.
New to Yoga? Try these basic Yoga postures to stay healthy and happy:
1) Control Breathing (Watch Here)
The most significant thing to do in Yoga is to breathe, particularly while holding the postures. Take deep breaths through the nose into the belly. Sit cross-legged on the floor with straight neck and concentrate on your breathing. Repeat this breath until your body is balanced and you feel calm.
2) Cat-Cow (Watch Here)
A very basic but a great stretch for your back and abdomen. Come onto hands and knees, aligning your wrists beneath your shoulders and knees with your hips. Keep your spine flat neck in line with your spine. As you breathe in, arch your back, tilt your head, and press on the floor with your hands. On your breath out, put your belly in, and arch your back in opposite direction. Repeat this action for 10 to 15 rotations.
3) Downward Facing Dog (Watch Here)
Another easy beginning Yoga posture that encourages full-body circulation. Downward Facing Dog is a great stretch for your calves and heels. Straighten your legs and push with your palms, allowing your head to relax. Wrench your shoulder blades together and slightly press your heels towards the floor. Relax and continue working on your breath as long as you like.
4) Warrior Posture (Watch Here)
Warrior posture strengthens and stretches your legs and ankles. In this posture, stand with your legs three to four feet apart, and turn your right foot out 90 degrees and left foot in slightly. Breathe in as you raise your arms, and then turn your head so that you’re looking out past your right hand. Bend your right knee, bring your thigh parallel to the floor. Stay there for 10 breaths and then switch sides.
5) Savasana – Relaxation Posture (Watch Here)
Always end your Yoga practice with Savasana. It may not feel like a proper Yoga posture, but it’s important as it relaxes your body. Savasana is resting on your back and deliberately calming your body for 5-15 minutes. It helps your body absorb the benefits of the postures. At the end, you will feel refreshed and energized.