International Yoga Day
The International Day of Yoga, better known as Yoga Day, is celebrated every year on June 21st, since 2015. An anniversary officially notified by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Do you all know what yoga is? It can be defined as a physical, mental and spiritual practice originating from India. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, proposed the date of June 21, the day of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year in the southern hemisphere, due to the special significance of this day in different parts of the world.
The idea of setting up the Yoga Day came to Narendra Modi, during a speech to members of the United Nations General Assembly. "Yoga", asserts Narendra Modi "is a priceless gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies the unity between body and mind through action, moderation and fulfillment ". The origin of the yogic practices is shrouded in mystery, and some historians consider it linked to the ancient practices of the Himalayan shamans, that still survive in Nepal and Tibet. According to tradition it was the same god Shiva, father of ancient yoga, who taught his practice to human beings.
Today, yoga and the ancient oriental wisdom contained in this philosophy have come down to us, and not only it survives in an era dominated by smartphones and tablets, but it also triumph, turning itself into a cleared through customs, appreciated and replicated exercise in the Western world. All the styles of this discipline are appreciated, from least to the most vigorous.
The common thread that links them are the asanas, the positions of the body, which include breathing and meditation techniques. Those who choose to approach yoga reveal themselves willing to embrace a philosophy of life devoted to meditation, balance and, consequently, serenity. Body toning? A "side effect". We certainly don't mind! Doing yoga improves concentration and the ability to control breathing. With what result? it improves the goodmood, anxiety and stress decrease. Why don’t you take advantage of a free day to carve out some time for yoga? On June 21st, summer solstice, we will explain step by step how to do the "sun salutation". So you will start this day with the right foot.
1) Tadasana - position of the mountain: with the legs together, the weight of the body well distributed on the soles of the feet, inhale.
2) Hasta Uttasana - position of the raised hands: inhale, and exhaling, stretch the arms upwards, pushing the pelvis slightly forward
3) Uttnasana - bending forward: inhale and exhale bent forward, bringing your hands to the sides of the feet, possibly with the palms resting on the ground. Stretch the back, if necessary, help yourself by bending the knees slightly.
4) Aswa Sanchalasana - equestrian position: inhale, and exhaling, place your hands on the ground, bring the left leg back while bending the right forming a straight angle. Knee and instep of the left foot on the ground. Straighten your back and look ahead
5) Kumbhakasana - position of the table: stretch your arms and legs, as if you were doing push-ups. Hold your breath during this asana.
6) Ashtanga Namaskara - greeting with the 8 limbs: inhale, and exhaling, bend the knees and rest it on the ground, also placing the instep on the ground. Bend the elbows until the chest and chin touch the ground, the arms are perpendicular to the body while the pelvic area is raised from the ground.
7) Urdhva Mukha Savanasana - dog upside down: inhale, and exhaling pull up the trunk propping it up with your arms. Arch your back, legs stretched out and pelvis resting on the ground, feet against the mat. Look ahead, keeping your shoulders lowered and relaxed.
8) Adho Mukha Savanasava - dog stretched down: inhale, and exhaling, raise the pelvis by stretching the legs behind, arms outstretched and palms resting on the floor, with the weight of the body well distributed between hands and feet.
9) Aswa Sanchalasana - equestrian position: like position n.4, with the other leg.
10) repeat position n. 3
11) repeat position n. 2
12) repeat position n.1
Do you feel better right? Then you just have to enjoy this beautiful sunny day!