The human mind and body work best when you provide proper nutrients, activity, and positive energy. When deprived of these elements, it cannot function at its highest level. The mind and body become weaker. There are countless benefits to yoga which all can contribute to improved health and a journey to recovery.
On the international day for Yoga, we want to take the opportunity to reiterate the benefits of the practice of Yoga. Our ancestors have been practicing Yoga for thousands of years. It was one of the corner stone of our healthcare system. It is really interesting to see United Nations to declare June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. It is a testament to the benefits of Yoga as well as its international acceptability.
‘Yoga’ is not an uncommon term for most people across the globe and the ancient system of physical and meditational exercises has stemmed into a wide array of practices, belief systems and schools. With its origins dating back to Vedic India (1900 BCE), the word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, which is a verb for ‘to join’ or ‘to connect’ used in a figurative sense. Hence, ‘to yoke’, ‘to harness’, or ‘to concentrate’ are the most widely accepted translations for the word.
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Recently I wrote a blog post about the health benefits of doing Yoga. I asked Archana - who has been doing yoga (on and off) for close to 15 years…