Did you know that June 21st is now the International Day of Yoga? As many as 177 United Nation countries endorsed the proposal of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to establish and celebrate the Yoga Day, raising awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
“Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.” Narendra Modi
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, “yoga” means “combination”, or “union” and this concept goes far beyond the physical exercises that we see becoming so popular in the Western world. It is one of the most powerful tools of internal personal transformation.
One of the simplest yoga techniques is called “namaskar”. It means “With all the depths and charms of my mind and all the love and cordiality of my heart, the divinity within me greets the divinity within you”.
The idea behind namaskar is reminding yourself that every being has a spark of the divine creator in them, worth recognizing and appreciating.
This exercise is great for training your mind to refrain from judging others and hence create more loveful thinking and feeling of peace in any surrounding.
Yoga masters also state that there are several physical benefits of doing namaskar – it reduces stress, lowers the anxiety, calms the brain and promotes flexibility of hands, fingers and arms.
Namaskar is performed by pressing your palms together with fingers pointing upwards in front of your chest or forehead and focusing upon someone with loving attention.
“The moment you place your hands together, your dualities, your likes and dislikes, your cravings and aversions, all these things are leveled out. There is a certain oneness to the expression of who you are. The energies are functioning as one.” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Isn’t it the easiest exercise for well-being that you can do?