International Yoga Day Friday 21 June 2019
Theme of this year’s World Yoga Day is:
Yoga For Heart ❤
Yoga is a good way to keep our body’s and mind’s health in the equilibrium (balanced) state.
What does yoga mean?
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation.
Yoga cultivates discernment, self-regulation, awareness and higher consciousness in the individual.
Major Health Benefits of the Yoga
1. Improve Flexibility
People doing yoga poses become pretty flexible especially performing poses such as the downward facing dog, standing forward fold, seated forward bend.
Therefore, if you practice yoga regularly and stick with it, you’ll notice gradual increase in your flexibility. In addition to an improvement in your flexibility, aches and pains also disappear.
2. Develop Strength
Yoga postures help you become (and stay) fit and trim, control your weight and reduce stress level. Some postures such as four-limbed staff pose (Chaturanga) and boat pose are bodyweight exercises that stimulate muscles the same way pushups, planks, and crunches do.
Different yoga postures build strength and stamina in the body and the mind.
3. Reduce stress level
When you practice yoga with intention, it can help you relax your mind and body. Some postures that combine stretching exercises, controlled breathing, and relaxation techniques can help reduce and control stress, improve heart function, and lower blood pressure.
4. Increase sex drive
Research suggests that yoga may help you get boost and improve your sex drive. Regular yoga practice improves sexual desire, orgasm, arousal, and overall satisfaction.
Cobra pose is the best pose that enhances sexual function.
In addition to improving physical strength and flexibility, it helps you get better sleep at night.
5. Help you lose weight
You can burn calories which drives weight loss with 30 minutes of Hatha yoga (burns 149 calories).
2019 year’s Yoga day theme – Yoga For Heart ❤.
Keeping in mind the theme of this year’s yoga day, we will learn some yogasanas to improve our heart health!
#1. Anjali Mudra
- Sit cross-legged on the floor similar to ‘namaste’.
- Bring your palms together with the fingers stretching out to the center of your chest (heart chakra).
- Now close your eyes and slowly inhale, hold your breath for a few minutes, and then exhale.
- Continue this for a few minutes.
#2. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
- Lie down on your stomach with your hands next to your chest and slowly push your body upward.
- Concentrate on your breathing and feel the stretch in your abdomen as well as spine going down to your buttocks.
#3. Savasana ( Corpse Pose)
- Lie down on your back with your eyes closed, arms by your sides, palms facing up and legs stretched out.
- Let your ankles fall outward, now slowly start inhaling and exhaling.
- Stay in this pose for a minimum of 5 minutes.
#4. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)
- It comprises of a series of different yoga poses that focus on various parts of the body.
- Surya Namaskar is great healer and fact that it involves twelve different poses encompassed in one like basic prayer pose, Bhujangasana, and forward bend.
#5. The Warrior Pose (Veerabadrasana)
- Stretch one of your legs back and other leg going into a lunge like position with your knees at a ninety degree angle.
- Now stretch your hands right above your head.
- You can further do this as warrior pose 2 or veerabadrasana ll wherein you bring your hands infront the chest and straighten your stretched legs, pointing it outwards while your other leg is still at ninety degree.
- Now stretch your both arms widely out.
Take a message home on Yoga day
Without a doubt, yoga is an ultimate destination to attain stress free body and mind. Let us all take an oath of “Healthy society with healthy heart ❤” on this International Yoga Day!