The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India.
Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.
While the social distancing measures adopted by countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have shut down yoga studios and other communal spaces, yoga practitioners have turned to home practice and online yoga resources. Yoga is a powerful tool to deal with the stress of uncertainty and isolation, as well as to maintain physical well-being. The United Nations offers yoga resources to its personnel and others on the Coronavirus portal’s section on Wellness.
Here are a few yoga poses to try out.
Pose 1: Pyramid Shoulder Stretch
This pose allows both partners to release tension in their shoulders, upper back, and neck.
Try It Out: Stand tall, facing each other, and reach forward to press your palms together. Press your hips away from one another while at the same time extending your arms upward and moving your chests towards each other, creating a kind of “pyramid” with your arms and torsos. Talk to each other if you need more or less pressure in the hands to find the extension. To come out, walk-in close until standing upright.