Fit India: Yoga and its relevance in Modern Times

There was news a few days back that made the headline. On the 29th of August 2019, PMO India, Mr Narendra Modi launched The ‘Fit India Movement’ and advised all citizens of the country to stay fit and healthy. He is a staunch believer of Make in India Campaign and hence wants our Made-in- India art of Yoga to be reinforced in our lives.

The modern-day Millenials have somehow been neglecting their health. They are hardworking, yes, but the lifestyle is such that they cannot put in a lot of physical activity in their regular lives. Due to which, a number of health issues ranging from cardiac arrests to obesity have become common. Another common lifestyle disease for women, that can be prevented by yoga, is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS). Hence yoga should play an integral part in our lives.

History of Yoga:

Yoga as an activity is as old as 5000 years old. The art was developed in the Indus-Saraswati civilisation. The word yoga was mentioned in one of our oldest religious texts, the Rig Veda. Now the art form has reached every nook and corner of the world. Because yoga doesn’t have any religion or rulebook to adhere to. Yes, there are clear cut postures and asanas but you can see a lot of variations that have occurred over time. 

Even though it had its presence on the face of the Earth from the prehistoric periods, it has been modified n-number of times and has been adopted by people, however, they wanted to. And that is the true beauty of yoga. 

The Philosophy of Yoga:

So, let us now discuss what Yoga stands for in a person’s life. It isn’t just restricted to Yoga Asana or just the physical postures but it is so much more. When it comes to being healthy and fit, it is not right to just focus on the physical aspect of health. Like it is said, our body is like a temple. It needs to be calm, free and devoid of negativity. This generation, specifically, goes through a lot these days. High workloads, meeting deadlines, the pressure to have a social life, everything piles up. It is important to note that the percentage of increase in mental health disorders like depression, PTSD, anxiety, etc has increased over the years. Who is to be blamed? We often talk about mental health like a taboo, but it is important that these are diagnosed just like any other physical health disorder. And yoga helps in achieving that. 

See also, What is Yoga? Understand the history behind the Practice

Relevance in the Modern Day times:

So, how exactly does Yoga fit into our lives? Are the asanas the only way to fit yoga into our lives or are there any other techniques to be applied? The answer is easy. It is embedded in our Prime Minister’s answer. To have a healthy mind, body and soul, we need to embrace yoga in all its forms. 

Fit Body

Asanas provide us with a fit body. So, start your day with an hour of yoga asanas before you even drink your cup of tea. The mind becomes at peace because of the breathing in and breathing out exercises. There are relevant asanas and postures prescribed for every kind of physical issue like body fat accumulation, cardiac arrest, asanas for a pregnant woman. So do a bit of research, watch youtube videos suited for your needs and incorporate this in your life.

Healthy Mind

What about mental health? What about your daily anxiety? Meditation is one way to answer it. Anulom vilom and kapalbathi help you to re-organise your energy in a better way. 

‘Breathing is a protein diet for the brain’

These breathing exercises help you to curb depression, anxiety and stress. It relieves you of the tensions of lives and makes it happier. Inducing happy thoughts in your daily lives is an integral part to live a healthy life. Yoga helps to facilitate that!

Wholesome Lives

Inducing Yogya or yoga in your everyday life means getting rid of the materialistic thoughts, negative thoughts from your surroundings. Surround yourself with nature often, help people for their betterment. These are some instances of how you can embrace yoga in its purest form. 

Therefore, it is important to take in the culture of yoga in your livelihood, in these busy times. So show some support for the #FitIndiaCampaign and inculcate yoga in your lives.

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