If you’ve been considering trying yoga, take this as a sign that it’s time to start. International Day of Yoga resides on Monday, June 21, and the purpose of the day is to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite and symbolises the union of consciousness and the body. The UN recognised its universal appeal, so on December 11, 2014, it decided to proclaim that June 21 should be the International Day of Yoga.
It’s said that yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility. In addition, it can help with back pain relief, ease arthritis symptoms, benefit your heart health and help to manage stress. As the popular choice for self-care, it’s also known to relax you, improve sleep, brighten moods and increase energy.
Jump online to find a tutorial or grab an instructional yoga book and head outside. Or better yet, why not book in at a nearby class to connect with the yoga community. If you’re well versed in yoga, perhaps take this day to reach out to a friend who may be on the fence and offer a one-on-one yoga lesson. Your body and soul will thank you for it.