Today is June 21, 2017, which is “International Yoga Day.”
This day was declared as International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, which is now being celebrated as “Yoga Day”, “UN International Yoga Day” or “World Yoga Day”.
It is celebrated on 21st June which is the “Summer Solstice”, the longest day in many parts of the world with special importance.
Yoga is basically a physical, mental and spiritual practice, which aids in shifting gears of the body and the mind into a positive direction.
CHECK OUT 10 RARE FACTS ABOUT INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY:
1. ‘Doga’ is Yoga for Dogs.
In 2002, Doga was initiated by Suzi Teitelman in New York. The owners practice Doga to safeguard a bond of friendship with their dogs. While doing Doga, dogs are used as “props.”
2. There are more than 100 yoga schools in the world.
3. Do you know who is the world oldest teacher?
The world’s oldest yoga teacher is Bette Calman who is 85 years old according to the Guinness World Records.
However, a 90-year-old yoga teacher Gladys Morris is requesting the Guinness World Records to acknowledge him as the oldest.
4. Is Hot Yoga Safe???
Hot Yoga can be risky as it is done in extreme heat and can affect the heart rate and body blood pressure.
5. Yoga banned for Muslims in Malaysia
Yoga is prohibited for Muslims in Malaysia, as the Muslims believe that yoga practice doesn’t go with Muslim culture.
6. Many people think that “Asana” itself is yoga but here’s the truth.
“Yoga” is not just about Asana. The eight branches of Yoga are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. And “Asana ” refers to just the third branch of yoga which denotes the postures.
7. After every half an hour of practicing yoga, 5 minutes of rest must be given to the body.
8. Have you heard about “Nude Yoga”??
Well, people practice nude yoga in many parts of the world.
Nude Yoga is practiced where they do not wear any clothes while doing the yoga asanas.
It is believed that it strengthens their yoga practice and teaches love and acceptance for their bodies, along with building intimate connections with people in their yoga community.
9. Yoga increases life span.
Yoga helps in expanding the lungs and also good for the heart. Thus, people who practice yoga live longer than those who don’t.
10. Ultimate mood lifter
Practicing yoga daily with Breathing in and out patterns can lift the mood of a person.