neha inaskar/ June 20, 2015/ Reflections/ 0 comments

From last few days, yoga is sensed everywhere. Right from broadcastings on televisions, hoardings on roads & bus stops, campaigns on radio, trending on social network and many more which tempts me to write as well as share some of my yogic life. Thanks to the United Nations Resolution. Yoga has got international recognition by United Nations and thereby 21st June is declared as International Yoga Day.

But nowadays the lifestyle of common people is already preoccupied with never ending office work, commutation, family, parties, etc etc. While taking efforts for survival one has forgotten to take care of this beautifully crafted body & mind. There is hardly any time which one can spare for our own selves and consequently resulting in a tremendous growth of stress among the individuals. People are facing various chronic illnesses, disturbed minds and uncountless ever growing diseases. Today, there is no peace of mind among people in this busy bustling life.

Indian culture has given us a lot. Though we are lucky enough that we have inherited yoga from our culture but nowadays it’s seems missing in our life. Its very disgrace to say that Yoga being originated in India, it has hardly inculcated in today’s modern Indian family. While on the other hand Westerners are availing their benefits.

So time has come to rejuvenate ourselves and take a step towards healthy and peaceful life. Because life is the very precious gift which should be taken care of.

So taking a look, What does Yoga mean?

The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony.

Yoga is a way of life and not only Asanas, as opposed to popular belief. Therefore a practical application of yoga in daily life includes the simple philosophies behind the techniques of yoga that help make life worth living and living better. The techniques of yoga aim at removing the cause of the physical illness if any, after that improving the mental attributes on having a calm mind (concentrated and steady) thereby realizing one’s own spiritual self and one’s purpose in life. – The Yoga Institute

Yoga at Home –

I am sharing some small and easy asanas which I have learnt in The Yoga Institute and I would like others to get benefitted with the same who cannot spare dedicated time for yoga class. A small time in between the activities can be utilized for such easy asanas.

Here they are –

1. Control of breathing – it is actually not any specific asana but forms a core part of any asana. Control your air which you inhale and exhale. This can be done any time of the day. There are 9 types of pranayamas which one can do.

2.Sukhasana – Sit with crossed legs and eyes closed and let your mind be quiet for 5 minutes. Let your ever rippling mind to get calm down and enjoy the inner beauty of vast mind.


3. Gomukhasana – Sit with crossed legs with knees of both the legs should be close to each other, one above the other, with spine erect and straight. Bend your left arm and place it behind the back and hold it with right arm. Feel the stretch in the body.


4. Paravatasana – Sit in padmasana (if not possible sit in Sukhasana). Stretch your hands up as much as possible in Namaste position. And concentrate on breathing.


5. Sthitaprarthanasana – Stand with feet close to each other. Keep your head straight, close your eyes and keeping your hands with namaste position near your chest. Feel your breathing and body.


6. Talasana – Stand with legs one feet distance apart. Stretch your body as much as you can.


7. Yastikasana – Lie down on your back. Inhaling, raise your hands overhead and stretch as much as possible. Simultaneously stretch legs fully, toes pointing down and front to deepen the stretch. Continue breathing and feel the stretch.


8. Makrasana – Lie down on your stomach with crossed hands beneath your head, toes pointing to each other. And relax.


9. Matsyasana – Lie down on your back. Cross your legs in sukhasana position, cross your arms and keep beaneth your head. Control breathing & Feel the stretch


10. Savasana –the most relaxing and the most important asana – Lie down on your back. Relax your whole body from head to toe. Close your eyes and feel relax.


Learn Yoga

Yoga is not restricted to any age group. It is for everyone right from children to old aged. Spare some time from your very busy life for your body & mind.

One should make yoga as a part of living to live better prosperous and healthy life. The UN resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: “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 the nature.”

Live & let live and Enjoy Life at the fullest…!!

References –

Courtesy:  The Yoga Institute, Santacruz (E), Mumbai,

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