Yoga day is here! It’s good because India is finally laying a claim to its heritage without being embarrassed about it. And it’s sad because it finally means accepting the fact that yoga is a multi-million dollar industry, and just like love, it can be monetised by having a day around it.
Anyway, there is no denying that yoga has lived on because it includes all and everything—disabilities, inabilities, age, gender, nationalities, religious beliefs, etc. Here’s listing the top three reasons why you must practise yoga.
- It’s inspired by nature: From Parvatasana to Matsyasana, it covers everything that you see in nature, from mountain peaks to the depths of the ocean. You need this connect with nature all the more in an age of development at the cost of forests, oceans and animals.
- It nurtures appetite: According to Ayurveda, lack of digestion is at the root of every disease. Not just asana, but the discipline that a yogic lifestyle brings in helps regulate your appetite and free you from the constant yo-yo of under- and over-eating.
- It teaches you to use your body as a tool to train your mind: A much-needed reality check for us who can’t seem to think beyond weight loss, or are just plain scared of ageing. It encourages you to accept your body with all its limitations and gently allows you to overcome them.
The success and popularity of yoga lie in the fact that it changes you from deep within, teaches you to be truly global while being grateful for what is local—be it the body, the environment or food.