International Yoga Day
"To yoke" the physical body and spirit with ultimate universe is the meaning for the word "Yoga". Its philosophy is simple - the mind, body and spirit are one and the same. It is a single remedy for our ailments of body, mind and soul. Yoga is a disciplined method of attaining a goal or technique used to control the body and mind.
With a ardent practice of Yoga, one can -
- discover dysfunctional perception and cognition and also overcoming it to become stress-free attaining salvation and inner peace.
- expand the consciousness from oneself to co-extensive with everyone and everything
- a path to understand the permanent and impermanent reality.
- at a higher level of intensity, can use yoga as technique to enter into other bodies.
The broad classification of Yoga -
- Bhavana Yoga - is about developing a particular attitude for us and around the world. The schools under this category -
- - Jnana Yoga - finding an answer for "who am I?". It is the path of knowledge and wisdom involving strong mental discipline.
- - Bhakti Yoga - Yoga of devotion with a path of selfless love and utmost dedication to god.
- - Karma Yoga - Yoga that advocates self-transcending service and ignoring ego, attachment thereby attaining ultimate liberation
- Karma Yoga - Yoga that advocates self-transcending service and ignoring ego, attachment thereby attaining ultimate liberation
- - Mantra Yoga - attaining liberation through empowered sounds through repetition of mantras.
- - Hatha Yoga - aims at perfecting the physical health through asanas. It is even possible to practice control over internal organs, breathing and even blood flow.
- - Laya Yoga - complete absorption and attention on one point of the body and control over five senses.
- - Raja Yoga - Royal Yoga aiming at liberation through meditation and intense concentration.
Yoga journey whether it is physical, mental or spiritual - needs the perfect training and disciplined compliance of its principles. With the aim of creating awareness on the benefits of practicing yoga worldwide, United Nations proclaimed June 21st as International Yoga day. The draft resolution was proposed by India and endorsed by 175 member states. Before his vote on the resolution, Sam Kutesa, the President of the 69th session of the General Assembly, stated - "For centuries, people from all walks of life have practiced yoga, recognizing its unique embodiment of unity between mind and body. Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony.”
Let us all celebrate the goodness of yoga and understand the true meaning of physical, mental and spiritual health.