Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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 the nature. " In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Mr. Narendra Modi had said that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. "
Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru notes the importance of this day in the yogic tradition: “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.”
**Source Quoted from : http://idayofyoga.org/ **
I’ve had the honour in 2015 to facilitate a yoga session and a talk at SMU amongst 1000’s of instructors across the island/globe to be part of the First official International Yoga Day to spread the goodness of yoga!
Sun Salutations/ Surya Namasakar
Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations consisting of 12 poses are pretty much the staple in most yoga practices/styles especially the vinyasa type classes. Different poses are sequenced in between various versions of Sun Salutations to make it a more dynamic and creative practice.
It is a great warm up and exercise routine while offering so much more benefits. When done slowly, it provides a great overall stretch for the body, when done at a faster pace, it can be a mild cardiovascular activity.
Why should we practice Sun Salutations?
- Improves blood circulation and heart health
- Maintains healthy digestive and respiratory system, stimulating internal organs and facilitating maximum oxygen intake and removal of toxins
- Build and maintain healthy strong bones, muscles and joints
- Promotes flexibility, strength and stamina
- Refreshes and Clear the mind
A few rounds of Sun Salutations have the ability to shift the mood and energy from within. It is traditionally practised at sunrise in the morning or in the day to energize the body and mind, when practised in the evening, it helps to unwind from the day. Sun Salutations are expression of gratitude to the Sun/Divine that gives energy and life to everything on the planet.
The many benefits of Sun Salutations keeps the body, mind and spirit strong, calm and healthy from a regular practice and it is highly recommended to all yoga practitioners, young or old, beginner or advanced!
Roll out the mat and start flowing!