Yoga : A Lifestyle
As the world celebrated the first International Yoga Day on 21 June, there is a need to closely look at what Yoga is and what difference it can make in your life. A gift from India, Yoga has now become commonplace. It is not just about striking picturesque poses, fancy mats or stretch pants. It isn’t just another physical fitness regime because it not only tones your body but also your soul.
Yoga is a way of living. It is a science that teaches how to live a disciplined and healthy life. In a world where the word ‘stress’ has adhered to every nook and cranny of our lives - Yoga is the only way to break free. There are a number of people- from stressed worker to cancer patients- whose lives were transformed by Yoga.
This ancient Indian art is now also being recognized by the WHO, who plan to incorporate it into public health programs and also bring it into education of medical practitioners.
You don’t have to be a contortionist to practice yoga. There are various ways to make it a part of your life. Here is what you can do to dabble in the Yoga waters.
Online Asana coaching:
There are a number of Yoga instructors active online that provide Yoga coaching. It is beneficial because personal classes address the individual health problems more efficiently rather than in a class of many.
Pranayam is the most essential part of Yoga. It is a set of breathing exercises that keeps the body and mind healthy. Every exercise specifically targets the different parts of our system. For example Kapaalbhati keeps the digestive system sound and so on. You can practice it at home. But remember to first learn it under a tutor’s guidance.
Meditating is the key to get rid of the inner conflicts and achieve clarity of thought. It calms your mind and soul and brings inner peace. Preferably done in a quiet isolated room away from outer noise.