International Day of Yoga 2022: Why Is Yoga Day Celebrated?

(CNN)Has your stomach been in a knot thinking about the problems of today and the impact of the pandemic? Perhaps some relief can be found in an old remedy.

Yoga has been practiced by humans for thousands of years because it helps them relax, become more flexible, and revitalize their bodies and minds.

Tuesday, June 21 is the International Day of Yoga, which might mark the beginning of a lifelong practice of wellness.

The United Nations has declared this day to focus on “promoting sustainable lifestyle in harmony with planet Earth,” and this year’s subject is “Yoga for humanity.”

According to the United Nations website, “Integral to the practice of yoga is the pursuit of harmony in all aspects of one’s life, not only physical or mental equilibrium. Mindfulness, temperance, self-discipline, and persistence are some of the virtues that yoga seeks to instill.”

Yoga, which has its roots in India, is described by the United Nations as “a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline.”

The BK Yoga Club was co-founded by Paris Alexandra and Alicia Ferguson, two advocates of body positivity in the yoga community in Brooklyn, New York.

If you chance to be in New York City between June 21 and July 1, you can check out “The World of Yoga” display near the UN Delegates’ entrance, hosted by the Permanent Mission of India.

Time your visit to Times Square for the free solstice yoga lessons, which run from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Anyone interested in attending the event must register in advance, and those who cannot attend in person can watch the live stream on the Times Square Alliance’s website.

While you wait, have a look at some of CNN’s previous coverage of yoga.

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Quick Yoga for 5 Minutes in the Morning

It’s possible to have a productive morning without ever leaving the bed.

Just getting out of bed isn’t necessary to have a productive morning.

This five-minute yoga sequence was developed by CNN fitness writer Stephanie Mansour to help you feel more relaxed and ready to take on the day.

She wrote, “As a qualified yoga instructor for over a decade, I urge my customers to engage in a daily yoga practice (ideally in the morning) to get the blood flowing, boost energy, and refresh the senses.”

These positions are included for a reason: they quickly and effectively stretch the front, back, and sides of the body, hence increasing circulation to the critical organs.

Breathe in through your nose, hold for a count of four, then exhale slowly and deeply to practice pranayama. Take deep, deliberate breaths and time them with your emotions.”

Four Yoga Postures to Try Before Bed

Practicing yoga first thing in the morning is a great way to begin any day. Just four simple yoga poses practiced before bedtime will help you relax and drift off.

Dana Santas, a breathing, mobility, and mind-body coach in professional sports, and CNN contributor, says, “Too frequently, sleep eludes us because of the regular aches and pains that make it difficult to fall asleep or wake us up in the night.”

The source of the pain or tension can be pinpointed and worked on using these exercises.

Tension in the hips, glutes and lower back can be alleviated by watching the video at the top of this story.

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The NFL Star’s Guide to Yoga

Finally, when you think of yoga, you probably do not picture rough-and-tumble NFL players. But Mike Daniels(Instagram), defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, has found success through yoga. Santas gave Daniels an explanation for his behavior.

“After my fourth year in the NFL, I decided to give yoga a try. One of my coworkers recommended that I try yoga because my body felt so stiff. He gave me the trainer’s contact info, and after just one session I could tell a difference.

When he was done, he felt “like a body-awakening experience.”

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Inspiration

Here are some words of wisdom from the late great yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar.

“Yoga cultivates the methods for keeping a level head in everyday life and bestows ability in the execution of one’s deeds,” as one proponent of the practice put it.

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