Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) [India], June 21 (ANI): Taking a step forward on International Yoga Day, a group of Yoga practitioners performed 'Jal Yoga' in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram to mark the occasion.
'Jal Yoga' is a relatively young form of yoga that requires a person to perform the asanas in water.
Yoga practitioners, NJ Bose and Sudalai, performed asanas in water for three hours in Agni Theertham Sea at Rameshwaram and kept floating on the water.
They encouraged people to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Jal Yoga works as a great breathing exercise and also helps in maintaining proper posture and enhances inner peace.
The concept of International Yoga Day was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2014 address to the United Nations General Assembly. Since then, Yoga has gained huge popularity worldwide due to its ability to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, and overall fitness.
This year the theme of Yoga Day is 'Yoga For Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' i.e. Yoga for the welfare of all in the form of 'One World-One Family'.It emphasises the spirit of Yoga, which unites and takes everyone along. Like every time, this time too programs related to yoga will be organised in every corner of the country.
It serves as a platform to raise awareness about the numerous benefits of yoga and promote its holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Yoga is not only beneficial for mental health problems but for overall well-being. Regular yoga practice reduces stress and improves symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Following the pandemic, yoga has shown remarkable results in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. It helps with emotional management, mood improvement, and brain clarity and also highlights the connection between the mind and the body.
Meanwhile, PM Modi will celebrate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 at the United Nations Headquarters with the UN leadership and members of the international community. Arrangements have also been made in different parts of the country to celebrate the occasion and spread awareness of the benefits of ancient Indian practice. It is the ninth year since the UN recognised June 21 as the International Day of Yoga through a resolution in 2014. (ANI)