International Yoga Day and the art of Yoga

International Yoga Day was celebrated on June 21. Being the longest day in the year in the Northern Hemisphere (Summer Solstice), June 21 has special significance in the perspective of Yoga. Earlier in 2011, The Art of Living foundation in a conference held in Bangalore had signed a proclamation to have the UN and UNESCO declare June 21 as the World Yoga Day. On December 11, 2014, India’s permanent representative at the UN General Assembly introduced the draft resolution and the text was adopted by other member states without a vote. So the day was born. June 21 – International Yoga Day.

A day before it, I got a SMS message from the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. It states, “Rejuvenate with Yoga: it enriches the consciousness and makes one alert, aware and active. Live life to its full potential.”

Among other things, Yoga has one of the best exercises for flexibility of the muscles and joints. People who have a family history of rheumatism and people with stiff joints will do well to make Yoga a habit. Its regular practice will make the body pliable and supple and will prevent from regular aches and pains. Experts say it is best learned from a practitioner.

As one cartoonist illustrated, one guy tried to learn Yoga from a radio show. As the show-host described on the show, he put himself up into all sorts of convolutions of a Yoga pose. Finally, he is sitting all twisted up. To his dismay, he was told by the host that since the time is up he will tell it next week about coming out of this pose.

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