The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly had stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
Here are some quick and easy asanas for beginners:
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
With the help of the mountain pose, one finds proper alignment and shape for additional movements.
2. Child's Pose (Balasana)
This pose relaxes your nervous system.
3. Cat/Cow Pose (Marjaryasana to Bitilasana)
This pose is a great one that warms up your back. It helps address mobility and works your core.
4. Downward-facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanansana)
This is a very well-known pose, it is a great way to stretch your back, shoulders, arms and hamstrings. It gets you calm and centered too.
5. Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)
The first in the Warrior series, this pose strengthens your legs and open your hips and chest while also stretching your arms and legs. While doing this pose, you'll see an increase in your concentration and balance.
6. Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)
This pose will open up your hip flexor muscles for greater flexibility.
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