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Why Yoga day was so special?

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety – Baxter Bell

Why Yoga day was so special

21th June’15 was celebrated as first Yoga day across the world. Now what was really special about this day. Why Yoga day was so special? Though lot of controversies have surrounded this day, but point is why not to adopt something that is good. Why to link Yoga to any religion? It is already in practice across the Globe for decades now. Yoga is not a religion It is a way of living whose aim is ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. Yoga is a dimension, it is an holistic approach. Yoga is a way of life. Yoga is living in present. It is living in harmony with others. Yoga is at internal peace.
Our Honorable prime Minister has beautifully described the term yoga at UN, where he put the proposal to recognize and celebrate Yoga.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

And what was said by Prime Minister on the inauguration of Yoga day:
“I think that today — 21 June, the international day of yoga — is not just the beginning of an event, it is a day to commemorate peace, harmony, to train the human mind to scale heights, it’s the start of a new era,” Mr Modi told the crowd.

Patanjali described yoga as ‘योगः “चित्त-वृत्ति” निरोधः — YOGAH-CITTA-VRITTI-NIRODHAH
Yoga is so controlling the mind. Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.

Yoga is beyond Poses

Remember, it doesn’t’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom

Yoga does not mean only holding pose. Yoga is much beyond that. In Ancient India, yoga was practiced
to attain spiritual growth and health benefits were just the side effect of this practice. Over the years definition of yoga has changed and it is looked out more for physical benefits. It has taken many shapes. Many yoga Gurus have refined its definition and use.
There are very basic benefits that Yoga provide. Yoga helps at much more deeper level.
-Attainment of perfect equilibrium and harmony
-Promotes self- healing.
-Removes negative blocks from the mind and toxins from the body
-Enhances Personal power
-Increases self-awareness
-Helps in attention focus and concentration, especially important for children
-Reduces stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

How Yoga is different from Normal exercise?

Yoga is essentially a practice for your soul, working through the medium of your body. ~Tara Fraser

Yoga has taken many forms today. Single asna is practiced in many ways. So some people confuse it with normal exercise or Aerobics. But there is very basic difference between Yoga and normal exercise. That is breathing. Breathing makes yoga different. When you concentrate on your breathing, it takes away all your worries, held ups and grudges from your mind and you are completely in your present.

Yoga takes us to the present moment, the only place where life exists. ~Ellen Brenneman

This makes all the difference. Yoga is inside out approach. Yoga is controlling body functions by controlling mind that is not possible through exercise or any other form of physical workout.

Getting the happiness : Yoga helps in silencing the mind

Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Yoga is not boring, our minds have become fast paced. We need to learn to slow down. Happiness is in the silencing the mind. Happiness is in the movement that we are rushing through for the next movement. Happiness is just here just now.. We have to just slow down and feel the happiness and Yoga provide that opportunity to slow down the mind.

Meeting The ultimate goal : Yoga helps to connect with oneness

Yoga is the journey, of the self, through the self, to the self. – Sri Bhagwad Gita

We feel disconnected. We have hundreds of friends on facebook. Still we are alone. Because we are missing ourselves. Yoga helps to connect with oneself and union with ultimate self. The aspirant feels rejuvenated and energized. Thus, Yoga bestows upon every aspirant the powers to control body and mind.

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