The rapid industrialization in today’s world is causing accelerated urbanization and a high degree of environmental pollution, coupled with sedentary life style and stress has given rise to number of health problems.

Improper postural compulsions like sitting on computers for long hours, increased requirement of travel and excessive physical works lead to many painful diseases. Altered habits of food consumption are also responsible for increasing incidence of these diseases. The kids too are not excluded from the above whys and wherefores.

With the advances in medicine over the years, the types of ailments being treated have changed. Today, most of the common health problems are traceable to lifestyle. Most systems of complementary and alternative medical modalities have become popular because they insist on a healthy lifestyle as a prerequisite to any medication. Thus, the promotion of a positive Quality of Life (QoL) and the movement towards healthier mental, social, and spiritual health has become a necessity.

Yogic science being one such modality holds an answer to this situation.

Yoga is both an art and science for healthy living.

Regular practice of Yoga helps to keep our body fit, controls cholesterol level, reduces weight, normalises blood pressure & improves heart performance. Physical fitness thus achieved leads to reduction of physical stress & greater vitality. Asanas harmonize our pranic ability & mental energy flow by clearing any blockages in the subtle body leading to mental equilibrium & calmness. They make the mind strong thus enabling our human body to endure the negative effects of life with a positive energy.

Yoga concepts also include another important measure of an evolving personality, which is the knowledge about one’s unlimited potential to move towards perfect harmony with Nature

Yoga is an ancient physical and mental training practiced as a lifestyle. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

The United Nations General Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution in December 2014 – co-sponsored by 177 nations (of which Namibia is also a part)– declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga recognizing holistic benefits of this timeless practice, the benefits of which pervade the boundaries of body mind and soul.

As rightly said by Prime minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi UN General Assembly

– “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

Yoga as a holistic approach to our complete well-being has immense potential for achieving peace, internal and external harmony, and happiness. Successful celebration of the IDY over the last four years has spread a new global awareness about the contribution of yoga, consolidating the association of humanity with this precious ancient heritage. The event in Windhoek on June 15th, 2019 will be a part of celebrations being held throughout the world to mark this day.

The Fifth International Day of Yoga (IDY) is being celebrated by the High Commission of India in Namibia on Saturday, 15th June 2019 at United Athletic field of Windhoek Gymnasium School, from 0900 – 10h30 hours. Wherein the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) which is a set of easy yogic postures which can be practised by everyone and are immensely beneficial for your health.

“Common Yoga Protocol” for International Day of Yoga celebration was prepared by the committee of Yoga experts and heads of the eminent Yoga Institutions of India under the Chairmanship of Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bangalore and edited by Dr. I V Basavaraddi, Director, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY). The booklet underlines useful Yogic practices for healthy living.

The regular practice of Yoga has an immense amount of therapeutic value. Besides various physiological benefits, they positively affect our minds, our life force energies as well as our creative intelligence.

Few of the findings of researches conducted on major chronic diseases are as follows:

  • Chronic work-related stress is an independent risk factor for cardio-metabolic diseases and associated mortality, particularly when compounded by a sedentary work environment. Findings suggest that even a short-term yoga-based lifestyle intervention may be an important modality to reduce the risk for CVD as indicated by weight loss, reduction in systolic blood pressure
  • From various researches, it is clear that Yoga improves functional disability, pain intensity, and depression in inflammatory diseases, and helps suppresses a broad array of inflammatory responses.
  • Yoga is found to be effective in reducing stress levels and radiation-induced DNA damage, and improving the quality of life, in cancer patients.
  • A number of researchers have shown that stress-reducing interventions can improve immune functions.

The very fact Yoga has survived over the centuries is sufficient defence and proof of the amazing results it can give.



References:

  1. https://mea.gov.in/idy.htm
  2. https://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/
  3. https://yoga.ayush.gov.in/yoga/
  4. Online research publications at Pubmed.

 


– Dr Nikhila B. Hiremath M.D.(Swasthavritta), YIC, M.A.(Sanskrit), (Ph.D.)

Teacher of Indian Culture and Yoga, High Commission of India Windhoek, Namibia

 

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