United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) on December 11, 2014, after the initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his UN General Assembly address dated on September 27, 2014. More than 177 countries supported International Day of Yoga whereas 175 countries are co-sponsoring the resolution, which is the highest number of co-sponsors in any United National General Assembly resolutions of this kind. But yet there are so many things that we don’t know about yoga. Let’s find out.
1. There are more than 100 yoga schools in the world
This is something that India must be really proud of. Yoga is something that was started in India and became popular all around the world. More than 100 yoga schools is a huge number and it is great that people are following this ancient method to stay healthy.
2. Dogs and Yoga?? Ahhh what?
We do understand that dogs have the power to keep you healthy. But yoga can be bit too much to handle. In 2002, Suzi Teitelman in New York initiated this and is apparently called ‘Doga’. The owners practice Doga to safeguard a bond of friendship with their dogs. The funny part is that dogs are used as props in this form of Yoga.
3. Many people think that “Asana” itself is yoga but here’s the truth
There are eight branches of Yoga. It includes much more things than just asanas. The eight branches of Yoga are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. And Asana is just one of the eight branches of yoga which denotes the postures.
4. Is Hot Yoga Safe???
What can be better than a mixture of hot bath and yoga!!! People often think that since it’s Yoga anything will go with it. But 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
Can anything as pure as Yoga be banned? In the times where people are adopting this healthy lifestyle, it is sad to know that it is banned in Malaysia. Yes, it is true. In Malaysia, It is prohibited for Muslims, as the Muslims believe that yoga practice doesn’t go with Muslim culture.
6. Is Nude Yoga for real??
Healthy can be hot too? Apparently, it is true and is very popular as well. People practice nude yoga in many parts of the world. In Nude Yoga, people practise Yoga without wearing clothes. It strengthens their yoga practice and teaches love and acceptance for their bodies, along with building intimate connections with people in their yoga community.
7. Yoga increases lifespan and is an ultimate mood lifter
This is one of the best parts of yoga regularly. Practicing daily the ‘breathing in and out’ patterns can lift the mood of a person most instantly. Yoga is also known to help in expanding the lungs and is also good for the heart. Thus, the people who practice yoga live longer than those who don’t.