Benefits of Various Asanas – International Yoga Day 2018
Fotoplane Writer

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 every year. Yoga originated in India during the early or pre-Vedic period. It is a practice for the well being of physical, mental and spiritual health. 

 India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested the Yoga Day to the United Nations:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the 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 with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly.

Different forms of Yoga:

Classical Yoga: It is considered as a philosophical school in Hinduism among the six major orthodox schools. Ancient Hindu literature refers to the Yoga School of Hinduism as simply Yoga. The exact origins are unclear but it finds its reference in various Upanishads.

Ashtanga Yoga: This is the form as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Also, it is believed to be the central text of Yoga School of Hindu Philosophy.  It incorporates epistemology, metaphysics, ethical practices, systematic exercises and self-development techniques for body, mind, and spirit. It is also known as ‘Raja Yoga’ or ‘Yoga of the Kings’.

Hatha Yoga: Also known as ‘Hatha Vidya’. The main focus is on physical and mental strength building exercises and postures described primarily in three texts of Hinduism: i. Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Svātmārāma ii. Shiva Samhita, author unknown iii. Gheranda Samhita by Gheranda

Different Yoga Asanas and their benefits:

  1. Bridge – Bandha Sarvangasana: Strengthens spine, improves your spinal flexibility and opens the chest.
  2. Child Pose – Balasana:  relieve neck, back, and hip strain. 

  3. Easy Pose – Sukhasana: it is a hip opener. It is calming, and it eases the menstrual pain for women. It also lowers the level of anxiety. 

  4. Triangle – Trikonasana: it  improves the flexibility of the spine and also helps with the alignment of shoulders; It also gives relief from back pain and stiffness in the neck area

  5. Four-Limbed Staff – Chaturanga: strengthens arms, wrists, and abdomen.

  6. Chair – Utkatasana:  tones leg muscles, strengthens hip flexors, ankles, calves, and back. 

  7. Tree – Vrksasana: helps to improve the body balance and mental concentration.

  8. Boat – Navasana: builds strong abdominal muscles.

  9. Corpse – Savasana: it lowers blood pressure and helps to calm down. It also helps the body to absorb all of the benefits that we worked out for.

  10. Downward Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana: spine, stretches the hamstrings, strengthens arms, flushes brain with fresh oxygen. In addition to this, it also calms down the mind.

Fotoplane wishes everyone on this International Yoga Day a life full of healthy mind and body.