Publised. 21/06/2021

International Yoga Day : Why do we celebrate it?

Yoga: A Journey from Pain to Gain


Sejal Agarwal

“Yoga does not make your life better. It makes you better at life.” That pretty much sums up the purpose of Yoga in our life. One starts the journey of Yoga with pain, and then eventually ends up gaining strength, flexibility and stillness. Yoga helps the restless soul come to peace and brings back calm and mindfulness to one's busy life.

Today everyone is celebrating 7th International Yoga Day across different cultures and locations in the entire world to reconnect with their inner self and be at peace with the mind and the body. To keep up with a fast-paced life and make our future better, we forget to stay in the present and take care of our health. So, this Yoga Day, let's come up with a resolution of not compromising our health, kyuki jaan hai toh jahaan hai.

What is Yoga and Why do we celebrate it?

Yoga is a physical and spiritual activity that originated in India. The word ‘Yoga’ derives from Sanskrit which means to unite i.e., the unison of mind and body. It helps in maintaining the overall development of one’s physical as well as mental well-being. The idea to celebrate Yoga annually was presented by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in his UN address in 2014. The celebration aims to raise awareness about the health benefits of practicing Yoga across the globe.

To recognize how Yoga plays an important role in our daily lives, this year’s theme for International Yoga Day by UN is Yoga for well-being.

We all know, 2020 was a challenging year for everyone in all aspects, physically and mentally. The pandemic made all of us anxious and miserable. During the period, many people suffered from mental health problems, like depression and anxiety. So, this year’s theme promotes the message to practice Yoga for a fresh and healthy lifestyle holistically. Many people embraced Yoga and it helped them to be focused and patient during times of uncertainty. Yoga has also played a significant role in the rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients in quarantine or isolation, especially with their anxiety.

In the past few years, physical inactivity has increased which has become one of the major factors for the rise in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, etc. According to WHO, 70% of the deaths worldwide are due to NCDs. Therefore, for the prevention of NCDs and their risk factors, organizations like UN, WHO, UNICEF are promoting Yoga to encourage people for regular practice as it incorporates breath control and meditation that improves immunity and strengthens the body.  

The youngsters find Yoga to be boring and not cool because their focus is on the looks, building muscular body and 6-pack abs. But the reality is that they have little knowledge of Yoga and it's benefits. And trust me on this one, Yoga is the new cool. So, it’s your choice, what do you want to be : fool or cool ?

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