International Yoga Day Essay

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Essay on International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21. It was first started by our present Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. He celebrated Yoga Day for the first time on June 21 in 2015, after which Yoga Day started being celebrated all over the world on June 15 and it turned into International Yoga Day. The festival of Yoga Day is celebrated every year by the Ministry of AYUSH in India.


What is Yoga

Yoga is a process in which man tries to bring his mind, body and soul together. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning to meet or be united. Yoga originates from Indian culture. People have been practising yoga since about 5000 years ago. Yoga does not have physical fitness primarily, in yoga people try to control their body and mind, through mental focus and breathing methods. 

If men teach yoga, then they are called yogis and if women teach, they are called yoginis. Yoga Sutra is a 2000-year-old book. This is the only book in which written evidence of Yoga has been found. This book is the oldest book about Yoga. Yogic philosophy is described in this book. A lot of methods have been conveyed about how someone can control their mind, their emotion, and merge into spirituality.

Yoga is divided into six branches namely Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Jnana yoga, Tantra yoga. There are also seven chakras of yoga styles namely Sahasram chakra, Ajna chakra, Vishuddha chakra, Anahata chakra, Manipura chakra, Svadhishthana chakra, Muladhara chakra.

There are total 13 types of yoga: Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga.


Benefits of Yoga

  1. Yoga is the only process in which you can exercise without any equipment. Not only that but in yoga, you can drive away your diseases without any medicine.

  2. With yoga, you can increase the flexibility of your body. If there is flexibility in one's body, then the pain is much less in that body. Doing yoga can relieve your pain.

  3. If a person does yoga for 20 to 30 minutes daily, then his body does not get tired throughout the day.

  4. Yoga is very beneficial for children. Yoga is also helpful in calming the mind and it is also helpful in showing the right attitude. Doing yoga produces positive thoughts and it also takes the mind to do the right thing

  5. Muscles get strong by doing yoga. By going to the gym, doing weight exercises also strengthen muscles, but when you do yoga, your muscles become strong and at the same time it becomes flexible also, then there is no arthritis and back pain.

  6. Doing yoga keeps the mind calm. By doing this, anxiety does not come, diseases like mental stress and hypertension remain away from the body.

  7. Doing yoga improves human posture.

  8. Yoga helps bones remain strong and there is no joint pain. Blood flow remains good by doing yoga. It also improves the heart rate of the body and also boosts immunity. Not only this, but Yoga also helps in controlling blood pressure and controls blood sugar level.

  9. Weight loss is also very quick and easy due to yoga. Yoga makes the person happy all the time. It enhances the peace of mind which leads to good sleep.


Role of India to Promote Yoga

Yoga originated in India. Yoga has been practised in India for about 5000 years, every person in India knows about Yoga very much in advance, people know its benefits and it has been done before it became popular in the world. The current Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in his speech given in the UN, gave the idea of making International Yoga important. 

He said in his speech,” Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” 

With this, the UN Assembly accepted this proposal and decided to celebrate International Yoga Day on 21st June every year.


Conclusion

International Yoga Day is celebrated every 21st of June. It is introduced by our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji. Its aims of providing mental health fitness, physical health fitness of mind, body and soul. It also rejuvenates our body and keeps us calm. On this day there are many activities that take place in school along with parents.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: What is Yoga?

Ans: Yoga is a process in which man tries to bring his mind, body and soul together. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning to meet or be united. Yoga originates from Indian culture.

Q2: When was the first time International Yoga Day was celebrated?

Ans: It was first started by our present Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, who celebrated Yoga Day for the first time on June 21 in 2015, after which Yoga Day started being celebrated all over the world on June 15.

Q3: How Yoga is beneficial for children?

Ans: Yoga is very beneficial for children. Yoga helps calm the mind and it is also helpful in showing the right attitude. Doing yoga produces positive thoughts and it also takes the mind to do the right things. That is why doing yoga can improve the concentration of children in studies. It helps in focusing on the right path.

Q4: How can Yoga benefit our Body Physically?

Ans: By doing yoga, bones remain strong and there is no joint pain. Blood flow is good by doing yoga, it also improves the heart rate of the body and also boosts immunity. Not only this, but Yoga also helps in controlling blood pressure and Yoga controls blood sugar level. Weight loss is also very quick and easy due to yoga. Muscles get strong by doing yoga. Going to the gym, doing weight exercises also strengthen muscles, but when you do yoga, your muscles become strong and at the same time it becomes flexible also, then there is no arthritis and back pain.