PEACE… It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work; it means to be in middle of all this and still be calm at heart. It means the synchronization of body and soul.
This can be achieved through practicing YOGA!!
Yoga is derived from Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, which means union of individual soul with the universal spirit. You may think yoga is all about exercise or you may see it as mere twists and turns but this just the overview. The core lies in connecting the mind to the soul. It rejuvenates our body and calms our mind.
Yoga is a power. It teaches us to cure what need not to be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
Inspired and influenced by the magic of yoga Prime Minister of India adopted 21st June as International Yoga Day during his address to UN General Assembly on 27 September, 2014. It was supported by 177 countries all over the world.
India is under the grip of yoga fever and is ready to observe International Yoga day.It is the best way for stress management and to resolve other ailments.
Baba Ramdev too has contributed a lot in revolutionizing yoga. He follows set of exercises for various body ailments. Benefits of yoga can be seen soon if one practices regularly. Yoga improves blood circulation; it helps in relieving anxiety and also improves the immunity.
People these days are too busy that they forget the self. They are busy finding happiness in outside world but the real happiness is an inside job. Yoga will take you to the journey of SELF. It will add years to your life and life to your years.
Yoga is best remedy even for incurable diseases. It has power to cure your mind and body both.
Now days, people are hooked to television, computers in office as well as in home, mobiles and various other gadgets. All these devices are their source of leisure. But you are forgetting how stressful it is for your eyes.
Eyes are the delicate organ of your body which helps you to see the world around. You must take care. Here on occasion of International Yoga Day, start easy yoga for eyes. This will release the stress as well as will provide better vision.
Yoga for your eyes
Kapalarandhradhauti (Skull-cleanser practice): In this yoga you have to apply pressure around each eye socket. Start from middle of your forehead and extend till the end of each brow. Apply pressure at the ends. Pressure will activate the points and increase the blood flow around the eyes.
This gives smoothening effect to your eyes and releases the strain. In this yoga you must gently rub your palms together and put it on your eyes. Keep it for 30 to 60 seconds.
Keep the eyes open. Lift your eyes up and then lower them. Continue to do this 10- 12 times without blinking. The movements of the eyes should be steady and relaxed.
This is a kind of meditation which improves vision and increases concentration. In this yoga you have to focus on a particular point at distant for around one minute. This technique is capableobliterating the diseases of the eye. This kriya also improves vision, aids in concentration and purifies the mind.
• Sit on the floor in a comfortable position with the spine erect.
• Keep the eyes open and fix your gaze on any object like a candle or a picture of ‘Om’
• Without blinking, gaze steadily at the object till tears flow from the eyes. Do not strain the eyes and breathe deeply.
Pranayama and Meditation
After Trataka, one can try to concentrate on the tip of the nose or on the point between the eyebrows. The point between the eyebrows is called the third eye center or ajna chakra. According to yogis, concentrating on this chakra prepares the mind for meditation.
The period of meditation is preceded by pranayama. This means simple breathing exercises that involve drawing in the breath to a count of 4, holding the breath to a count of 4 and releasing the breath to a count of 4, which marks as one practice; 4:4:4 is the ratio to be maintained for this breathing exercise.
Inhalation: 4 counts
Retention: 4 counts
Exhalation: 4 counts
After pranayama, one can start to meditate on the divine within. Restless thoughts must be gently pushed away; concentration on the sound of ‘Om’ produces peace and tranquility in the mind of the practitioner.
Practicing yoga will take you into different world. For some it becomes music and for some it becomes religion and for some it is science. But essence is same for all.
It is music of well-being, religion of youthfulness and science of integrating mind, body and soul!!
Let’s celebrate it with full enthusiasm with our prime minister and whole world on 21st June as INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY!!