Yoga for Everyone: India’s gift to the world for healthy Living has now been Widely Adoptedby Opinion Express June 21, 2018 0 comments
Today is a proud occasion for all Indians as people across the continents in over 170 countries are celebrating – yoga, the ancient mental, physical, and spiritual practice which brings about a unison of the body and the consciousness with the surroundings and nature.
If preparations in India and around the world to commemorate International Yoga Day today were anything to go by, it can indubitably be said that Yoga is a runaway success. It is a trend the world over and has become a global lifestyle choice. What else can explain the mind-boggling scale of this event? Nations geared up weeks before the arrival of this day. While an open-air yoga session is being arranged at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a one-of-its-kind event classified as “yoga for peace” is being performed at iconic London venues including the London Eye and Trafalgar Square. Yoga fever has also gripped China, as Chinese enthusiasts prepare to roll out their mats on the Great Wall, no less. Back home too, Governments, Central and State, are doing their bit to promote ancient India’s legacy for the world. Special preparations have been made at Dehradun where the Prime Minister is leading thousands of Yoga enthusiasts in asanas.
The reason for the all-pervasiveness of Yoga is not far too seek — even his harshest critics would be churlish to deny the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made strenuous and eventually successful efforts at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to showcase India’s soft power by popularising the virtues of this age-old discipline. As he had correctly told the world: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5,000 years old. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.” His words carried weight and India’s resolution received overwhelming support from 130-odd countries which recognised the benefits of Yoga and became signatories to the proposal for the United Nations to declare 21 June as International Yoga Day on 11 December, 2014. Yoga — which transcends all boundaries of caste, religion, race and gender — ought to be embraced and practiced as a combination of physical, mental and spiritual exercise aimed at bringing about a consonance between body, mind and soul. In fact, perhaps one of the most positive developments has been that Yoga is no longer confined to just postures (asanas) that aid mental and physical fitness but is also increasingly accepted as a mode of spiritual awakening.
To remain true to the spiritual values of Yoga even while it gains popularity in the modern world is surely a worthwhile endeavour which we can all sign up to in our journey to discover the inner self which is in harmony with the environment and the world. If practiced with the right intent, Yoga has the power to become the foundation for a human population that is confident, calm and at peace even in the rather chaotic ecology of the modern world.
Courtesy: The Pioneer