Today is the “International Yoga Day” and I am so amazed to see the pictures of people doing Yoga at unique places and celebrating the art of mind and body fitness in India and around the world. Yoga is one of those unique gifts that India has given to this world, and I feel very proud of it. Since the ancient time, Yoga has been the spiritually and scientifically one of the powerhouses for all mankind.
Yoga and I didn’t go very well growing up, and I hated it most of my life but lately since September 2014 when I went on my solo adventure to the mountains of the Himachal. I had the first-hand experience of Yoga at Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamshala. I started this as an experiment to enhance my physical performance and curb my ever increasing stress level. Since then, I have fallen for Yoga and its magical and marvelous effect on my body and mind.
I wanted to continue practicing the Yoga after my return from this mystic journey. But it was challenging to find a good Yoga Studio then in Ahmedabad. Hence, I started to practice the Yoga through the FitStar Yoga App and have done around 61 yoga sessions on this app which helped me to earn physical flexibility, mental peace, and few cool badges!
Then in 2016, I switched over to another app – Yoga Studio and have been using it since then. There are plenty of books, blogs, and literature published about the Yoga and types of Yoga. After moving to Burlingame in 2019, I joined the Being Yoga Studio and practicing different types of Yoga such as Bikram Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, and Yin Yoga.
After practicing Yoga for almost five years, I have observed and experienced new ways to stay fit and productive. Medical science has confirmed hundreds of benefits doing Yoga but here I am sharing few of many positive changes Yoga brought in my life.
Benefits and Tips
- After completing a good Yoga session, my ability to think and focus increase significantly.
- I had terrible back pain, but after practicing Yoga regularly, the pain never occurred again.
- I do 15 min Yoga in the morning some of the weekdays, and it helps my body and mind to prepare vigorously for the power-pack productive day.
- Adding Yoga in my weekly workout plan also increase the flexibility and agility in my physical strength to do better workouts.
- Somedays, I do 60-90 minutes Yoga in the late evening, and I feel very fresh and charged up as if I am waking out of bed though I would have started my day very early in the morning (5:00 am or 6:00 am).
- I can quickly add up 1-2 hours of extra brain power after my evening Yoga session that helps me to get things done, even though my body and mind would have already given up due to stressful day.
- I do Yoga before taking a long flight, and it really helps me to get out of the Jetlag and prevents me from getting sick or having any types of body pain. I also do Yoga at the airport (if it has a Yoga or Prayer room) when I have a connecting flight.
- It’s effortless to start practicing Yoga. Use the on-the-go apps like Yoga Studio to begin your journey as Yogi from the comfort of your room.
- After practicing Yoga my stress and anxiety is highly decreasing.
- Yoga helps me to burn decent amount of extra calories. On an average, I burn 500 calories after doing 60-90 mins of yoga.
Yoga has been one of my power stations to charge my body and mind to do more, achieve more perform better. Yoga helps to relieve anxiety, promote sleep quality, improve heart health, may help with fighting the depress. Yoga is one of those workouts that you can do from the comfort of your house, and you don’t need any fancy setup or pieces of equipment. I have done Yoga using my Hotel Towels while I am traveling.
On this special International Yoga Day, I just completed my apple watch challenge by doing 90 minutes “Hot Bikram Yoga” and earned this cool special edition badge and writing this blog at 11:00 pm using those extra 1-2 hours of battery that my Yoga session gave me today 🙂
Please share your Yoga journey and experience, and if you are thinking to start Yoga practices, feel free to connect. I am happy to help and advise.