Yoga is more than a series of asanas. It is also the union of mind, body, and soul. It is a scientifically-based practice that focuses on keeping one’s mind and body healthy and calm. It will tell you what to eat, what to eat when to have it, and what to avoid. Ayurveda and Yogic science complement each other. Ayurveda is about healthy eating and healthy living. It is part of our Indian heritage. Yoga is the way to go.
The world is experiencing a difficult time. We all face similar or identical challenges. This is the time to go back to our roots. It is becoming more mainstream to practice Yoga, and the world is moving towards a more holistic lifestyle. We should also consider it. Yoga and the practice of wellness have no side effects. It helps maintain peace of mind, boosts immunity, and has many positive effects on the body and mind. This is a critical benefit during this epidemic.
Meditation, which is a part of Yoga, helps one to take care of their emotions and mental well-being. Meditation can help you control your thoughts in a world that is struggling with anxiety and stress. Your breath is the link between your mind and body. You can win the mind over by learning how to manage your breath. Meditation can help you relax to a state of deep relaxation, which is often more effective than sleeping. Meditation can give you benefits that are equivalent to four hours of sleep for 20 minutes. Meditation helps you connect to your inner space, and you can realize that you are the source of all your joy and happiness.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effects of Yoga and meditation. Many universities have begun to teach Yoga. The world is shifting towards mindfulness and a holistic lifestyle. This knowledge is largely sourced from India. This knowledge is important and must be preserved. It is also our responsibility to share it with every corner of the globe.
21 June has been declared the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations Organization. This is a remarkable decision. It played an important role in raising awareness about Yoga among a wider audience. This knowledge was spread by many organizations, including Patanjali Yogpeeth and The Art Of Living Foundation.
Our institute SOIL Institute of Management also offered Yoga in terms one as a graded program to support students’ mental health. This was a practice that was initiated at the beginning of this B-School. Yoga, Spirituality, and Wellness are all part of SOIL. They are incorporated into the daily life of a SOIL student. Mindfulness is one of the five Key Pillars of SOIL Values and Philosophy. Mindfulness is a practice that enables awareness. It is the ability to be present in all that we do, feel or think.
Being a firm believer in Yoga’s power and long-term practitioner, we have taken Mind Management sessions during our morning ritual of Morning Circle. My focus is on techniques that everyone can do sitting at their desks (also known by Desktop Yoga). My fellow batchmates and faculty have given me positive feedback. They report feeling calmer and more ready to face the challenges of each day.
Professor Susie Roy, University of Stellenbosch – South Africa and University of Iowa’s Yoga faculty, teaches a –curated course on Yoga and Wellness. Her pedagogy is based on basic postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques. Her teachings have been very helpful and I have learned a lot.