It's that time of year again when all yogis in the world, seasoned and beginners, take time out from their mundane tasks to breathe, stretch and commune with nature in a one-day event called International Day of Yoga. This annual event has been celebrated around the world on the 21st of June since 2015 to spread the positive vibes and health benefits of yoga.
The theme of International Day of Yoga 2021 is "Yoga at home and Yoga with Family", which will be celebrated virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the entire world. Needless to say, the event is packed with many activities to enhance participants' yoga postures, tighten their bond with family members and boost their online community.
Why is Yoga Important?
Yoga is an ancient tradition of India that has not only become an integral part of many people's lives, but it has also evolved to become a favourite activity of many families. In fact, roughly 2.18 million Australians did yoga in 2017, according to market research company Roy Morgan, outstripping Pilates and aerobics which had 1.2 million and a little over 1 million participants, respectively.
Unlike a typical gym routine, which is strenuous by nature, yoga is a mind-body therapy that anyone can do regardless of fitness level. That explains why everyone in the family doesn't have to give it a second thought. Regular practice of yoga promises many benefits such as the following:
- Lengthens and tones the muscles
- Improves balance and strength
- Increases self-awareness and energy levels
- Enhances mental clarity
- Deepens spiritual connection
- Promotes positive feelings
Simply put, it's a holistic approach to health that benefits the mind, body, emotions and spirit. What's more, yoga helps ward off anxiety, stress, chronic pain, allergies, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other chronic conditions. To make International Day of Yoga 2021 special and memorable, think up yoga asanas that you can do with the whole family.
How Do You Celebrate International Yoga Day?
There are so many ways you and your family can participate in this year's event. To get started, all you need is a yoga mat and a nice pair of yoga pants, or leggings, and a breathable, figure-hugging top. Then, you can start weaving together the sequence of yoga poses that will work for everyone. Note that there are different types of yoga, so it's best to sit down and talk about the level of difficulty everyone is willing to go through before planning your yoga class.
You can even livestream your family yoga session and invite other people in your online community to participate. That's surely going to be a blast! And to make the most out of it, here's a list of other activities to mark International Day of Yoga:
Join a Yoga Club
Take your spiritual practice to the next level by engaging with other yoga enthusiasts. Joining a yoga club online will not only increase your knowledge of yoga and improve your flow of movements but also support your mental health.
Educate Your Family
If your family members are new to the practice and have never been to any yoga studios before, walk them through the science of yoga in daily life system or binge-watch some yoga classes on YouTube so that they can understand the principles behind the discipline.
Develop a New Perspective of Yoga
The real benefit of yoga is constant self-improvement. Taking advantage of online yoga resources will have far-reaching effects on your physical and mental health. Not only will it improve your yoga practice, but it's also a great way to get in touch with yoga gurus and practitioners around the world.
Share the Yoga Lifestyle
If you're a yoga instructor by profession, there's no better time to enlighten others on the elements of a yogic lifestyle. Help yoga practitioners understand that the ancient practice is more than a physical activity; rather, it must be incorporated into their personal lives so that what they think, say and do are in harmony.
Join Online Yoga Retreats
With social distancing protocols still in place, International Day of Yoga 2021 is limited within cyberspace. However, this doesn't mean you couldn't join yoga retreats. There are many virtual retreats you and your family can take part in to nourish your mind, body and soul. Just set up your place, giving it a relaxing ambience for the line-up of activities.