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Yoga India’s gift to the world

Yoga: India’s gift to the world

This holistic approach to health and well-being has struck a chord with numerous individuals across the globe. FIA invites you to join its yoga day event at Liberty State Park on June 20.

The seventh International Day of Yoga is around the corner. An ancient Indian discipline that focusses on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of an individual, yoga has found a resonance across the world. The United Nations, in acknowledgement of its global appeal, proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014. While introducing the proposal in the UN, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said:    “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition… embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

Ashtanga yoga has eight parts – yama (abstinence), niyama (observance), asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption, where the mind becomes still).

While doing asanas, a lot of emphasis is given to breath control. It is important that one breathes correctly. You exhale as you stretch and inhale as you relax. A few asanas require you to hold your breath. The thumb rule in yoga is, do not exert. Do not treat it like a workout. Take it easy.

FIA has organized a yoga event on Sunday, June 20, at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Registration is mandatory. Mark the date!

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