Yoga: Humanity’s Greatest Gift

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient traditions. Yoga embodies unity of mind, body, thought and action; restraint and execution; harmony between man and nature; holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover a sense of oneness with us and our nature order.

Proposed by our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21 is celebrated as the International Yoga Day and was adopted by the United Nations viewing the importance of individuals to build the healthiest of choices and follow a standard of living patterns that foster good health. It also acknowledged the profits of practicing yoga and its benefits for the health of world population. 21 June is the day of summer solstice which marks the transition to Dakshinayana. It is the six-month period between the Summer solstice and Winter solstice. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is a natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices such as Yoga.

This year mankind is fighting one of the toughest challenges ever presented to humanity. The coronavirus has spread across the globe like wildfire and does not seem to surrender to any medication or measure tried and tested by various health care personnel across the globe. The International Yoga Day is likely to fall in the midst of this outbreak and could prove to be a major weapon against this invulnerable virus.

People across the globe have succumbed to the fear of this virus rather than the virus itself. It can be difficult to not feel anxious and sometimes panic over the coronavirus outbreak, with the onslaught of updates on news and social media. But if we pause for a just a moment, we can discover ways to quieten the chaos and live at peace. Yoga offers another path, a fresh perspective with which to deal with events that are beyond our control.

Beyond flexibility, balance and strength, yoga can help quieten mental chatter and deepen spiritual awareness. The world population could learn techniques in breath manipulation and balancing of the nervous system that would help to quell fears and anxieties by adopting this ‘no side effect’ and ‘ageless’ practice of yoga. Simple and effective excersices like conscious diaphragmatic breathing, yoga nidra (yoga sleep), kapalabhati and anuloma pranayama can not only help you relax your body but also boost your immunity to fight against this virus.

This ‘Made in India’ product could be the key in solving the puzzle to defeat the coronavirus and we Indians must take the initiative on this very day to showcase our irreplaceable contribution to this world by being the saviour of humanity through reaping the benefits of our ancestral gift.

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