2019 International Yoga Day – yoga is an alternate therapy

International Day of Yoga is to promote this alternative therapy which involves hardly any funds. The focus this year is on climate action.


Yoga falls in the category of an alternate therapy. It is unique to India and considered a health option for many sections of society. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over, he wanted to make it global. Therefore, he took the matter up with the UN and convinced them about this ancient Indian practice.  ‘Yoga’ in Sanskrit means to join or to unite. The practice does just that. It unites various organs of the body to fulfill specific tasks that improve the health. There is a similarity to aerobics but yoga does not burn up calories. Instead, it cures many ills if strictly followed. United Nations realized the benefits that can accrue from yoga. Hence, it proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. That was on 11 December 2014. It is now into its 5th year and growing in popularity. Now for some more information on yoga.

Yoga provides healing for members of the US military

Yoga is an alternate therapy

The practice of yoga is one that combines the body actions with those of the mind. There are some accessories like yoga mats, yoga bolsters, and yoga blankets. However, these are not mandatory and one can perform the asanas (or postures) while sitting in the chair. In fact it is an activity where the ability to concentrate wins. Read more on asanas for reducing fat. Aim of the International Day of Yoga is to raise global awareness about benefits of practicing yoga. This year’s theme is Climate Action because climate change results in global warming. Unless that is checked, it will be difficult for us to survive.

International Yoga Day: France Embassy performs yoga. [Image source/YouTube video]

Benefits of alternate therapy

Yoga falls in the category of alternative therapy. Experts believe it can calm the nervous system and balance the body, mind, and spirit. However, how it perform the functions remain a mystery. The general perception is that yoga helps to dull certain functions while reenergizing others. A mind-body intervention can help reduce the health effects of generalized stress. Moreover, it is cheap and does not require a whole lot of equipment.

International Day of Yoga 2019: USA Embassy Performs ‘Asanas’ in Delhi. [Image source/YouTube video]

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