Walk through any street of any Canadian cities and you will see at least one yoga studio. It is apt that we talk about this popular form of mind and body connection technique which has attracted people all over the world.
Did you know that about one-in-five (21%) Canadians indicate that they practice yoga? Before it became trendy to roll out mats while wearing chic workout gear for a session at a swanky yoga studio, yoga was practiced mostly by holy men of the Hindu religion in the Indian subcontinent for over 5,000 years.
Recognizing its universal appeal, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga in 2014. No matter how you practice it, yoga is said to help your physical and mental wellbeing. We all need a little boost in our wellness, now that we are emerging from one-and-half-year of the pandemic, lockdown, loss, loneliness, and grief.
Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety
Dr Manmath Gharote, director of the Lonavla Yoga Institute, Mumbai says, “integration of personality is the prime aim of yoga.” The five aspects of “personality” which “should work harmoniously” are physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual, he told Mukti Jain Campion for BBC Radio 4’s 2016 programme The Secret History of Yoga.
“The message of Yoga in promoting both the physical and mental well-being of humanity has never been more relevant. A growing trend of people around the world embracing Yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression has been witnessed during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety,” the UN said.
Whether you have a mat or not, stretch your body. Breathe deep.
‘Om’ your way to a healthy you!