A huge part of a holistic lifestyle comes from looking after yourself. Whether that is your physical health, your mental health or your spiritual health, finding the balance is key to a healthy and happy life.
Yoga has been a part of Indian history and tradition for as long as we can remember. The most ancient texts and art from the Indian subcontinent make references to the practice of Yoga. But how many of us truly understand it?
Yoga: Benefits for body and soul
Practised since the 5th century, the Sanskrit word, “Yoga” literally means union. Yoga believes that your body, mind and soul are far more connected than we give them credit. There is more to it than simply exercising your body. It combines, poses, breathing exercises and mindfulness to bring you a lifestyle that goes beyond the 10 minutes you spend on the mat.
Yoga poses or, asanas, are designed to stretch and exercise each muscle in your body. If you’re looking to build muscle tone and flexibility, we cannot recommend asanas enough. Each asana is also accompanied by deep breaths. This targets the blood flow and internal systems in your body. Round it off with Dhyana, or a conscious effort to regulate your thoughts, and you get a true union between your body and mind. Anybody on the lookout for a holistic workout regimen, need not look any further!
Prep for International Yoga Day!
Since 2015, the UN has celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June. It also happens to be the summer solstice. It seems fitting that this day is celebrated on the longest day of the year.
Entering the 2nd year of the pandemic, it is now clear, more than ever that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Whether you are a survivor of Covid, or not, the social isolation, stress of the new work life, and the worry for friends and family have piled up within us all. Not surprisingly, psychological issues like Depression and Anxiety are on the rise.
With that in mind, the theme for International Yoga Day this year is ‘Yoga for well-being’.
The idea is to tap into the holistic health and mindful attitude that comes with practising Yoga. It can help you stay fit, both physically and mentally, without leaving the house. It also has the added bonus of leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Your partner in sickness and health: Kosha Yoga
According to the Vedas, we are made of layers, or ‘Kosha’. It is only when you look beyond those layers do you see your soul or atman. Kosha Yoga helps you get closer to your atman.
Kosha Yoga is a holistic lifestyle brand that is heavily rooted in the ideals of yoga. They offer a range of curated classes and experienced instructors who can guide you on your Yogic journey.
Kosha Yoga also offers a range of products that can give you a leg up on this path. From sustainable yoga mats, moisture-wicking yoga pants, to yoga bricks, this brand has all that you need!
Yoga is about finding the balance within yourself. But it also goes beyond, Yoga also believes in finding balance with our environment. With that in mind, Kosha Yoga uses recycled, biodegradable materials in producing its products. Each product is carefully crafted to be sustainable and eco-friendly. You can read more about Kosha Yoga and also checkout their collection.
On the 18th of June, we hosted the cofounder of Kosha Yoga, Harneet Jayakar on an Instagram page. We discussed the Physical and Mental Well-being that comes with Yoga. Whether you are dealing with a physical or mental health issue, the answer lies in the practice of Yoga. On International Yoga Day , it’s time to take your health into your own hands. If you missed our talk you can still watch us on our Instagram IGTV (Instagram: @ourbetterplanet21) and be part of our movement to make the world a happier, healthier place.