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Yoga is a traditional physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India. The Sanskrit term "yoga" signifies "to join" or "to unite," symbolizing the union of the body and the mind. Even though yoga was practiced before the Vedic era, the great Sage Maharshi Patanjali used his Yoga Sutras to systematize and codify the forms, meaning, and associated knowledge of yoga at the time it was practiced.

Today it is practiced in numerous forms around the world and continues to expand in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations declared  21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

This year (2024) marks the 10th International Day of Yoga, and it aims to increase awareness of the various advantages of yoga practice on a global scale. It's a day that honors the ancient practice of yoga and all of its spiritual, mental, and emotional benefits. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or a curious beginner, Yoga Day 2024 is an invitation to rediscover yourself and the transformational power of yoga.

Understanding Yoga:

Yoga is a form of physical, mental, and respiratory integration. It enhances overall wellness through physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Thousands of years ago, yoga developed as a spiritual exercise. 

Practicing yoga is beneficial for your overall health and it helps to reduce your stress, depression, and anxiety, helps your body to relax, promotes good quality of sleep, enhances body coordination, enhances concentration, assists in better digestion, as well as improves your self-confidence. 

There are many different types or styles of yoga that range from mild to intense. The following are the most popular types of yoga:

  • Ashtanga or power yoga: This type of yoga provides a more strenuous exercise. You switch between postures (move from one position to another) quickly in these classes.
  • Bikram or hot yoga: You do a series of 26 poses in a room heated between 95°F to 100°F (35°C to 37.8°C). The aim of this type is to warm and stretch the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and to purify the body through sweat.
  • Hatha yoga: It generally includes breathing exercises and postures and is the general type of yoga.
  • Integral: This type of yoga includes breathing exercises, meditation, and chanting and it is the gentle type of yoga.
  • Iyengar: A style that emphasizes the exact alignment of the body. You can also maintain positions for extended periods of time.
  • Kundalini: Underlines how postures are affected by breath. The aim is to free energy in the lower body so it can move upward.
  • Viniyoga: This type of yoga synchronizes breath with postures, adjusting postures to each person's unique needs and abilities.

To begin practicing yoga, check out the classes offered by your neighborhood yoga studio, gym, or health center. Before class, have a conversation with the instructor and disclose any injuries or medical concerns you may have. 

Physical Benefits Of Yoga:

Research suggests that practicing yoga has many physical benefits. These include the following:

  • Yoga helps to improve the body’s strength, flexibility, and balance
  • Yoga helps to relieve back pain
  • Yoga helps to relieve arthritis symptoms
  • Yoga helps to enhance heart health by lowering stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Yoga helps to relax your mind and body and promotes good quality of sleep
  • Yoga helps to boost energy levels and improve your mood
  • Yoga helps to manage stress
  • Yoga helps to relieve pain and associated discomforts in people with chronic diseases
  • Yoga helps to relieve neck pain, shoulder pain, tension headaches, or migraines
  • Yoga helps to relieve menopause-associated symptoms
  • Yoga helps to maintain healthy body weight and helps to control obesity and overweight
  • Yoga helps to boost immunity 
  • Yoga can promote better posture and body awareness
  • Yoga helps to improve bone health and brain health

Mental And Emotional Well-Being Through Yoga:

Yoga can enhance mental health. The benefits of yoga for mental health include the following:

  • Yoga helps the release of helpful brain chemicals which can make you happier
  • Yoga helps to relieve depression
  • Yoga helps to reduce stress
  • Yoga helps to reduce anxiety
  • Yoga helps to promote better sleep quality
  • Yoga helps to enhance social life as well as to cultivate good habits
  • Yoga helps to improve the overall quality of life

Benefits Of Yoga For Overall Organ And Body Health:

Yoga is an ancient practice which incorporates gentle exercise, breath control and meditation. Regular yoga practice has been linked to several health benefits, such as reduced blood pressure, better circulation and posture, and an overall sense of wellness. 

Movement, breathing, and meditation are the three basic components of yoga, which unite the body and mind. Yoga has numerous advantages for both physical and mental well-being, such as better posture, flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness. It supports the overall health of the neurological, musculoskeletal, digestive, and cardiovascular systems.


Yoga provides physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Additionally, yoga can play an essential part in your treatment plan and possibly speed up healing if you have a chronic disease, are sick, or recovering from surgery. 

Yoga is most often provided in classes, although there can be options for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. It can be performed by everybody and it doesn’t matter that a person is small, old or not fit and it is not a competition. If required, the instructor must provide you with necessary and proper information about your pose, see the faults in your postures, and correct them.

There should never be discomfort in an asana. If you feel pain or discomfort, reduce the intensity of the stretch or stop completely; it is important to observe your physical boundaries.

A yoga therapist can collaborate with patients to create customized regimens that complement their surgical and medicinal treatments. In this way, yoga could help in the healing process and assist the patient in feeling less distressed and more centered throughout the symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Why is International Yoga Day Celebrated?

A: International Yoga Day is celebrated to raise global awareness of the numerous advantages of yoga practice. It's a day to honor this ancient Indian therapy which promotes both physical and emotional health.

Q: Does yoga help with weight loss? 

A: Relying on information derived from scientific methods, yoga can assist you minimize stress and construct a positive mood to help you lose weight and keep it off. It is not just a way of burning calories, it also includes increasing muscle tone and even muscle mass.

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