Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, yoga means union of human soul with the master. For many, Yoga is a number of exercises and asanas, but to others it is a “way of life”. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge, persuading humans to achieve health and spiritual enhancement with a touch of mystic element.
United Nations has declared 21st June as International Day of Yoga realising the importance of this body of knowledge for human fulfillment. GoPaisa realizes the main aim of this initiative taken by UN to enable people of all age groups, nationalities and social backgrounds to achieve the state of mental wellness along with physical health.
Need for having an altogether separate day for Yoga was first highlighted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was endorsed along by 175 member states. Through this day, WHO also wants to highlight how they wish to eliminate physical inactivity which is the second highest death causing factor among non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc.
Recognizing it’s universal appeal, U.N. on 11th September 2014, declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. Member countries are expected to organise Yoga sessions, debates, discussions, meets on Yoga and to advertise Yoga as something not to achieve just for physical health but to also gain a much needed spiritual balance which one is forgetting in today’s metropolitan life and corporate setup.
The theme for this year’s celebration worldwide is “Yoga for health”. Indian government is trying hard to organize this day which has a far reaching impact on all sections of population ignoring deformities and old age.
We often get surprised when we see Yoga being practised by disabled children and we are surely taken aback when we see their mastery of various yoga techniques and how amazingly well they impact their motor and communication skills. This enables them to develop greater concentration and also helps them in achieving better physical balance. Different postures help them in gaining mind body integration. Although not every posture can be executed by a special child but some of them are beneficial to them. Postures can be tailored according to the special needs of each child.
Yoga has a holistic impact on the functioning of a special child. It helps the child gains self -confidence, self sufficiency and enables them to have a positive look on one self. It improves their locomotive skills, eye & hand coordination, and immunity. It even reduces hyperactivity, aggression, drooling and dependency on drugs.
Yoga is a classical Indian form of activity that allows us to create a dynamic connectivity between body, mind and soul. According to many Yoga gurus, one can learn this activity at any point of life and it enables people to age in a much better way. Sedentary lifestyle leads to a number of diseases to aged citizens.
Ageing is a process which is intrinsic to every human and this is also the time when one has the leisure to pursue their hobbies. But the downside is the number of ailments that come up during this age. This causes the need for senior citizens to do some exercises which makes them stay fit and healthy. The social aspect of attending a group practice is very important since it drives away the feeling of loneliness. Yoga offers a cost effective way through which senior citizens can reverse or can limit the effects of ageing. Yoga practice aims at improving the motor skills, reducing breathing difficulties. Various asanas induce a sense of relaxation and reinvigorates the body.
The central theme of Yoga is finding the middle path, a constant search for moderation and harmonious homoeostatic balance.