Why Performing Yoga Is Not Just About Looking Good But Also Feeling Good
Ever since the first time International Day of Yoga was celebrated back in 2014 on 21st June, it has become a cultural phenomenon and is now be celebrated all over the world.
Considered India’s gift to the world, Yoga is an ancient science that literally translates to “Union”. Its unique breathing and stretching techniques or ‘asanas’ have been helping its practitioners attain a union of their physical, mental and spiritual well being since ages. Saints or yogis in India have been mastering innumerable Yoga asanas and pranayams since thousands of years. Ironically, the common Indian had become oblivious to Yoga till it was brought back into popular culture after the western world embraced it with open arms. Thanks to some legendary Yogis who translated the science of Yoga to the western world, it has now regained worldwide popularity and a part of that has trickled back to India. Thanks to the Internet, millions of Indians now regularly practice asanas by following their Yoga gurus online.
But that brings us to one big question, why do people perform Yoga?
Yoga has slowly joined the ranks of Keto diet, Aerobics, Pilates, Tai-Chi and CrossFit, as another instrument to transform our bodies to match the standards set by the picture perfect world of social media. That’s exactly where we fall into the trap of hating our bodies. We work obsessively to become someone we think we should be. We engage in a constant state of negative self-talk about how we have that body fat, imperfect skin tone and countless other flaws. Our mind is so busy in perfecting our bodies that we defeat the purpose of Yoga, which is calming our minds and achieving an elevated sense of self-love and acceptance. Yoga has a tremendous potential of healing our bodies from various illnesses including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Joint pains, Muscle Stiffness and countless others, only if we practice it with love. We should engage in it to heal our body and gain deeper perspective about the world and ourselves. This is why it’s very important to realize that the purpose of Yoga is not just looking good but feeling good.
The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of good health and strong immunity. it is more important than ever to nurture our bodies and encourage our loved ones to do the same. The theme for this year is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home.” For now, our homes should become our very own Yoga studios. We should read on the techniques, carefully choose our custom set of asanas and be our own Yoga gurus. It’s time we start our journey of self-love, self-acceptance and self-healing through Yoga.
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