For believers, yoga is a space where one can be at peace with oneself emotionally, mentally, physically and most importantly spiritually. For non-believers, it is just yoga.
Long hours at the office can get cumbersome, leaving you stressed and sedentary. With an extremely demanding professional life, fatigue can hinder your productivity. Worse still, prolonged work at your desk can strain your neck, shoulders and back muscles, making them stiff and affecting your health. The key to overcoming this is de-stressing yourself at work. But, how do you do that? The answer is simple. Practice yoga!
Most people who practice Yoga everyday ask themselves questions like ‘How do I practice Yoga everyday without fail?’ or ‘How do I find the time to practice daily?’ The most popular one is ‘How do I make my body flexible enough to practice Yoga?’
If you’re to look at the lifestyle of a quintessential working person with a nine to five job, the answer to why backaches are becoming increasingly common will come easily to you. Take anybody and you’ll realize that this lifestyle requires a lot of sitting. Physiologically speaking, this prolonged sitting causes the Hamstring and Iliopsoas muscles to shorten, causing strain on the lower back.
Derived from the Sanskrit word, yuj, yoga literally means the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. Much more than just a physical exercise, Yoga is a fascinating science of discovering the immortal potential of the mind and soul of the mortal human being. People twist, stretch, turn and breathe in complex ways, yes, but that is only the most superficial layer of yoga, beneath which lies an enormous body of knowledge.
Yoga, an art that traces its origins in Ancient India, has now become a truly universal phenomenon. As a result of India’s initiative, the United Nations unanimously declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, last year. "The resolution was passed within a record time of 75 days and was the first resolution in which 177 countries had become co-sponsors," said a union minister.
In the rat race of life, most people are enveloped in highly demanding jobs that leave them mentally as well as physically exhausted. The more sedentary your professional life gets, the higher is your anxiety. So, how do you combat such stress? The answer is inculcating yoga in your day-to-day life.
A variation of stand up paddle surfing coalesced with Yoga, Paddle Board Yoga originated in Rishikesh, India. Blending Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga asanas, or poses with surfing, the sport reinvigorates your body, mind and spirit in one go.
Healthy eating and a proper diet is something that’s very important for a Yogi. However, it is quite difficult to find out exactly what a Yogic diet comprises of. If we look at traditional Yoga scriptures, there are no nutrition guidelines. So, at the most, what we can do is follow some ideas on improving eating habits that are in alignment with our Yoga practice.