By- Gayatri Agarwal
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘Yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.
Recognising its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.
It is the union of body, mind and soul which ultimately revives one’s spirits and leaves you with a balanced mind and a healthy body.
Now, one must say I indulge in physical fitness, so what’s the point of Yoga? Yoga and physical fitness are two different things…sure they give you peace by fulfilling their respective characteristics, but with Yoga comes meditation. When we talk about meditation, we have to see the holistic image which is engaging, getting involved with oneself as well as participating in the habit of self-love, self-care and most importantly understating oneself.
To meditate is to connect and not connect. Sure it sounds contrary, but that’s the beauty of it. It is to communicate with one’s mind and sou and at that very moment to turn off all the worldly connections. Only when you turn off the link of the world is when you turn yourself off from all the needs, demands, wants, pleasure from the outside and start finding them within yourself.
To talk about my personal experience, in my journey of being a restless person to being a giver and sending positive thoughts within myself, meditation has played a vital role. There’s a reason why everyone says,’ fal ki chinta mat karo, apne karm acche rakho‘. Our ancestors must have experienced it, and it’s only after that we get such idioms, don’t we?
Meditation teaches you the selfless act of giving, and once you realise what giving means and looks like there’s no turning back!
One must say, how will the breathing pattern ever change my life, it’s anyway something needed for survival. That’s the irony of it we know that breathing is a physical act which is the only vital part of surviving but have we ever realised why is it the single essential aspect of surviving? That’s because that is what travels around your body day and night until you pass away. In scientifical terms, breathing stimulates the nervous system, which runs from the head down to the toe. This activates your relaxation response, reducing your heart rate and blood pressure and lowering stress levels.
Now that we have so much love inside us that we have given out to our loved ones let’s also practice indulging in self-love and care because it genuinely is pure & serene. Just give yourself 10 minutes of time to practice meditation and see how it changes your life for good!
With all the meditation techniques and unending information available on the internet, we sure can begin the art of meditation with ourselves.