Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, signifying the union of body and consciousness. Recognising its global stature, the United Nations has declared 21 June as International Yoga Day to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
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Today is #InternationalYogaDay. World over millions of people have adopted yoga as a way of life and yoga has helped them in numerous ways – mental peace, physical fitness, fight against a disease, etc.
It’s never been easier to find a yoga teacher near you. And if you can’t get to one, the next best teacher is right in your hand.
Take a look at some of these amazing apps and sites designed to make Yoga accessible and easy to learn.
This in one of the largest worldwide, online yoga communities – a source of information on yoga, health, well-being, nutrition and holistic lifestyle. They claim to ensure that all the advice on the site is sourced from practising experts. The site has a vast collection of articles and videos providing step-by-step guidance on asanas for practicing yoga regularly. Most users are loyal to the apps, which have a beautiful and simplistic design. You can choose from over 45 yoga programs depending on your level of proficiency, duration of program desired and why you want to do yoga (flexibility, back pain, fitness, de-stress, etc). You can track your level of activity in a daily calendar too.
Designed by Sadhguru and the Isha Foundation, this app is about sets of 5 minute Upa-Yoga practices, which are oriented towards physical and psychological benefits. The USP is that just five minutes a day can transform your life! Whether you’re seeking health and joy or peace and love, whether it’s success in the world or inner exploration you’re striving for, these simple practices are designed to help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease.
Another beautiful app filled with videos for every level and purpose. Here it is also organised as classes so you can take say a Beginners Essentials course of 10 classes. These are beautiful HD video classes with easy-to-follow teacher commentary. Yoga Studio includes 65 ready-made classes. Choose your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), duration (15, 30 or 60 minutes) and focus (strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or combination) to find the perfect class for you. These will also sit in your calendar so that you never forget to strike that pose! There is also a paid subscription.
And finally if all this app business doesn’t really entice you, you can try UrbanClap.com and find a yoga class near your home or a yoga teacher who will come home and make sure you get your asanas right!
So take the opportunity today to check out some amazing resources available online for making yoga a part of your daily life. There are so many apps available for different types of uses – for kids, for weight loss, for stress management, for elderly, etc.
Happy International Yoga Day!