By: Keyur Seta
A monk from the Ramakrishna Order, who shares a good rapport with me, has been telling me since last few years that it would be impossible for people living in metros or urban areas to survive without spirituality. After looking at the lives of working professionals around us, including ourselves, we can’t disagree with him.
The keen interest in Yoga these days is a big indication that people are becoming more and more concerned about themselves and their state of mind, thanks to the stressful lives they have been leading. This is exactly why the initiative of World Yoga Day has received such a positive response from almost every section of the society.
The United Nations (UN) declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day or International Yoga Day after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the same during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. This decision received a resounding response world over with more than 177 countries readily agreeing to be a part of it. So, the stage is set for the first World or International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015.
The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, which means ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’. So, it basically means to connect your mind, body and spirit to lead a better or balanced life. Hence, it is senseless to say that Yoga is limited to a particular religion (Hinduism) because people from all religion and creed have a right to live a stress-free or peaceful life.
But practicing Yoga doesn’t necessarily mean one needs to master those difficult and masterly postures. Although there are a wide range of techniques and teachings related to Yoga, it is absolutely fine even if you practice some simple ones on a daily basis.
Even resorting to simple practices like Shavasana, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Paschimotasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Pada Hastasana and Trikonasana can trigger some tremendous positive changes in your body and mind. I can guarantee this from my personal experience. Learn more about these basic Asanas by clicking HERE.
Here are the 8 enormous benefits I experienced after doing some simple Yoga:-
Stamina: Just after a week of practicing Yoga, I noticed a considerable increase in my energy level and stamina. Even after roaming around Mumbai in the terrible heat, I didn’t feel tired or fatigued like I used to do earlier.
Sleep: I not only experienced sound sleep, I also didn’t have any problem whatsoever to wake up daily as early as 5:30 am, without the feeling of dragging myself out of bed. A good night’s sleep solves almost half of your health issues.
Stress: Some stress is required to perform tasks efficiently. But stress becomes a problem if it exceeds the initial levels. While studying or doing any other task, I realized that my stress level reduced drastically. I could perform tasks by being more relaxed.
Concentration: My concentration power increased while reading or trying to understand something. The same can be said about my attention span.
Digestion: I was facing digestion issues. But they almost vanished just days after I started practicing Yoga. Various Asanas greatly help in regulating your bowel movements.
Physique: Proper Asanas when coupled with Kapalbharati helps you get into shape and maintain your physique. This is important because having a healthy body invariably affects your mind positively. The same happened with me. My excess body fat got reduced.
Immunity: Yoga also greatly helped me in keeping illnesses at bay. Having a strong immune system was a great relief indeed! Who wishes to pay those unnecessary doctor fees?
Mood: There was a stark increase in my overall outlook towards like after treading the path of Yoga, especially while indulging in Meditation. It made me more cheerful than before and made me accept certain truths and situations about life.
Our ancient teachings and scriptures contain all the answers to the issues faced today. Let us grab it and say a big YES to the balanced union of mind, body and spirit!