Roll out you mats, find your om, and break a sweat because it's International Yoga Day (June 21)!
You may know yoga as a recent workout trend, but yoga has Indian roots that date back as far as 5000 years ago. In ancient India, yoga was considered a mental, physical, and spiritual way to practice meditation and transform the body and mind. Staying true to it's ancient roots, yoga still remains a way to unplug, relax, and strengthen our minds and bodies through movement. No matter our intentions, whether physical, mental, spiritual, or combination of all three, yoga is celebrated as a world-wide tradition that can namaste our way to a better wellbeing.
Why We Love Yoga (and International Yoga Day)
A. It unites body and mind
Yoga methods help relieve stress and anxiety by using specific meditation techniques to alter your mind’s focus towards breathing rather than distractions. Oftentimes, strenuous exercises engage an imbalance of opposing muscle groups, whereas yoga aims to create a harmonious balance of activity that connects our body’s movements to our mind.
B. It helps strengthen the core
Yoga movements focus on harmonizing the body and mind. Even basic poses, such as Chaturanga or Warrior Two, help build a solid foundation for balance, strength, and flexibility. These movements translate into better posture flexibility, and balance into your daily life.
C. You can practice anywhere
Unlike a gym, yoga boasts one key benefit: you need little to no equipment to practice it. All you need is a mat or a 4 x 6 foot area to create your own personal yoga studio!
How to Celebrate International Yoga Day
1. Bring Your Tree Pose to Nature
Practicing outside can breathe some fresh air into your yoga poses. Practice on the beach, at your local park, or even in your backyard. Surrounding yourself in a new environment can be much more engaging by having new things to focus on.
2. Do your om thing
Create your own flow of movements and discover new combinations to your favorite music. Sometimes a change in movement or music can help you focus your energy and sync your breathing perfectly to musical transitions.
3. Introduce a friend to the yogi lifestyle
Bringing a friend can be just the right motivation you need to revamp your practice. Not only will their presence inspire you to strengthen your poses, but also they can score big on free yoga deals for new students. Win win.