International Yoga Day
The rhythm of the body,
The melody of the mind and
Harmony of the soul that creates the symphony of life.
“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”
The theme for this year is “Yoga for heart care” Prime Minister Modi on Yoga day.
- Heart care has become a challenge all over the world.
- I urge you all to embrace Yoga and make it an integral part of your daily routine. Yoga is ancient and modern. It is constant and evolving. For centuries, the essence of yoga has remained the same.
- Yoga provides a perfect bend of gyaan and knowledge, bhakti, and devotion.
- Yoga can help prevent heart diseases.
- Let this year’s motto be: Yoga for peace, harmony, and progress.
|Major Yoga styles and their benefits
|Physical and mental strength
|Weight loss, overall fitness
|Proper alignment and joint flexibility
|Synchronises body movement with breathing
|Strength and flexibility
|Spiritual and physical well being
|Stability, Mobility, Strength, and Flexibility
|Low paced: for stress-related illness
|Relaxation, Spiritual well being
- Yama, or following moral codes.
- Niyama, or self-study and purification.
- Asana, or posture.
- Pranayama, or breath control.
- Pratyahara, or sense control.
- Dharana, or concentration.
- Dhyana, or meditation.
- Samadhi, or absorption into the universe.
- Karma Yoga: Karma Yoga is the practice of meditating and completing tasks solely for the journey of completing them without any attachment to the end result. This practice, achieved through Seva, or service to the society, involves putting in 100 percent effort only to feel the joy of serving others, rather than to achieve a goal.
- Jnana Yoga: Jnana Yoga is the approach of attaining salvation through logic and rational thinking. To practice this form of yoga, one must gain practical knowledge as purely theoretical knowledge is not sufficient. Jnana Yoga can be practiced by learning and reflecting on yogic teachings and meditating on these to attain salvation.
- Bhakti Yoga: This form involves using every aspect of the body both mind and spirit to offer undying devotion to the divine entity that the practitioner believes in. Bhakti Yoga is considered a means of prayer and the ultimate goal of union with God. It can be practiced through chanting, poses, and prayers.
- Mantra Yoga: As the name suggests, this is a method of practicing yoga by chanting a mantra. Mantras act as a signpost to discipline a wandering mind. By engaging completely in mantras, one can connect closely with the divinity within. To correctly perform this form of yoga, the mantra must be recited in a specific meter. Silently recalling the mantra while meditating is considered the most effective way to invoke it.
- Tantra Yoga: Sexuality is a common misconception associated with Tantra Yoga. In reality, this form of the practice actually involves weaving together five “bodies”:
- The Physical Body.
- The Energetic Body.
- The Emotional Body.
- The Wisdom Body.
- The Bliss Body.
The amalgamation of these, along with the weaving together of various forms of yoga, is believed to help one achieve eternal bliss. This form of yoga also provides an opportunity to meditate with one’s partner, thus strengthening their bond.
Hatha Yoga: Hatha Yoga is a method of pushing one’s physical limits to gain information and attain enlightenment. Through yoga asanas, one becomes more enhanced and closer to achieving enlightenment. Indian yogi Jaggi Vasudev said, “Hatha Yoga is the phenomenon of aligning the human system with the cosmic a way to hold one’s system in a way that it will become a receptacle to receive and hold the entire cosmos.”
Modern forms of yoga:
Vinyasa Yoga: Although Vinyasa Yoga is generally considered a separate form of yoga, many practitioners find it an essential component of the practice and believe that without it, the poses will have no real benefits. The fluid, continuous transition between the various poses, consisting mainly of the Surya Namaskar, or sun salutation, is believed to help bring balance to one’s life.
Iyengar Yoga: This form of yoga, popularised by yoga practitioner BKS Iyengar, follows the traditional ‘Eight-Fold Path of Yoga’. It was devised to include various props, such as belts and ropes, to help achieve “perfection” while performing the asana. Practitioners believe that regular practice of this technique helps unite the mind, body, and soul.
Bikram Yoga: Otherwise known as ‘Hot Yoga’, this is a popular form of modern yoga made famous by Bikram Choudhury. This version includes 26 poses designed to stretch the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, usually performed in a hot room.
Jivamukti Yoga: Jivamukti Yoga is based on the belief that enlightenment should come from compassion towards all other organisms. It encompasses five major beliefs:
- Ahimsa. or non-violence.
- Bhakti. or devotion to god.
- Dhyana, or meditation.
- Nada, or development of a sound body and mind through listening.
- Shastra, or the study of ancient yogic teachings.
Power Yoga: Considered to be the most common form of modern yoga, this form of yoga was devised keeping masses, specifically in the United States, in mind. Power Yoga combines the spiritual teachings of yoga with fast-paced movements, leading to a strengthened body and peaceful mind. This style of yoga has become so popular that it is now among the most common group physical activity in the US.
Sivananda Yoga: Swami Sivananda propagated this form of yoga, and his disciples spread the practice. It played an instrumental role in making yoga an internationally appreciated practice during its first wave of popularity. It consists of five major principles: Asana, or exercise, focusing on 12 main poses –
- Pranayama, or proper breathing.
- Savasana, or proper relaxation.
- Vedanta and Dhyana, or positive thinking and concentration.
Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga is a passive, relaxing form of modern yoga. Although not as commonly practiced as the other forms of modern yoga, it is a unique technique. Instead of dynamic poses, Yin Yoga includes the performance of more passive poses, many of which involve lying on the ground. It is used frequently along with medical practices to treat mental and psychological conditions such as addiction, depression, and eating disorders. It is beneficial in calming and bringing about balance and energy regulation in the body.
- Yoga Poses for Healthy spine
Advanced Yoga poses
Hand Stand – The Prayer Twist
Advanced pose – Uttanasana
Advanced Yoga – The Scorpion pose