While Covid -19 continues to be a cause of concern scores did Yoga today across the world.
In India, the scene was no different. The Prime Minister addressed the nation and motivated people to do yoga for physical and mental health.
As it is since 2015, International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21. The United Nations has marked the day to raise awareness about the many benefits of practising Yoga for people all over the world. The date was chosen because June 21 is the longest day in Northern Hemisphere.
The word Yoga has originated from the Sanskrit word Yuja which means 'to join or to unite.' It symbolises the union of body and mind. Yoga practice has been dated to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, known to help cure mental and physical diseases and maintain fitness.
Apart from physical and mental relaxation, Yoga also helps develop strength, flexibility and immunity. This is especially important in times of the ongoing pandemic when the mental and physical health of people has come under dire stress.
International Yoga Day 2021: Theme
As per UN's website, the theme for this 7th years of Yoga Day is 'Yoga for Well-Being' and how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world is facing a crisis and people are restricted to their homes to contain the spread of the novel COVID19. Thus, they further elaborate on how the health crisis has caused a huge psychological impact along with the physical health aspects.
International Yoga Day 2021: Benefits
'Prevention is Better than Cure', hence, it is important that we reflect on our lifestyle patterns. Yoga is known to keep the balance between body and mind and help get rid of age-old diseases. From chronic diseases to deadly diseases like cancer, Yoga is the solution to every problem. Yoga does not include heavy cardio and hence has a very subtle but strong and long-term effect on both your internal and external body environment. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body.