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About International Yoga Day

The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed in 2014 in a speech given at the UN General Assembly. The date of International Yoga Day was later established by a UN resolution as June 21. This date marks the Summer Solstice or the day when the earth sees the most sun.

The UN resolution was supported by 177 countries, giving it the greatest sponsorship of any UN resolution ever passed. The goal of International Yoga Day is to raise awareness around the world of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

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Benefits Of Yoga Practice

The practice of yoga first originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago. It was intended to bring participants closer to enlightenment by interconnecting the mind, body, and soul.

In time, the practice of yoga spread around the world, becoming a healthy and accepted form of stress reduction, exercise, and relaxation.

Yoga offers many potential health benefits to those who practice it regularly, including:

  • better coordination
  • improved ability to concentrate
  • better quality sleep
  • improved digestion
  • lower average heart rate
  • lower blood pressure
  • relaxation and reduction in stress
  • improved self-confidence

Studies have also shown that practicing yoga on a regular basis can improve a variety of health conditions, including back pain, depression, and chronic anxiety.

Yoga And Your Mental Health

Because of the many potential health benefits it provides, yoga is often incorporated into addiction treatment programs as a form of holistic care. Practicing yoga can also improve symptoms of the mental health conditions that often co-occur with substance use disorder.

Yoga may provide natural relief for anxiety, depression, and stress. An analysis of multiple studies involving over 1,000 participants found that yoga can have positive effects on your mental health, including improvement in general well-being and resiliency.

Celebrating International Yoga Day

On International Yoga Day, the world has a special opportunity to celebrate the benefits of yoga and bring awareness to these benefits for the sake of others. Some suggestions for celebrating International Yoga Day include:

  • Practicing yoga — Even if you already practice yoga on a regular basis, you can still use International Yoga Day as a chance to spend a little more time enjoying and appreciating the benefits of this activity.
  • Try a new style or pose — International Yoga Day is the ideal opportunity to try out a new style of yoga or a pose you have not yet mastered.
  • Share yoga with others — consider using this day as a chance to share the joys of yoga with friends and family. You can talk about yoga with friends and family one-on-one, or you can even share your experiences via social media to reach a larger audience.
  • Express gratitude — Every day is a good day to be grateful for the positive things in your life, including your ability to practice yoga. On International Yoga Day, take a moment to think about and appreciate the benefits yoga brings to your life.

Improve Your Mental Health With Professional Support

One of the primary benefits of yoga is better mental health status. However, yoga is just one of the many tools available for improving your mental health.

If you’re struggling with addiction or another mental health condition, getting professional treatment is highly recommended. The best treatment programs offer a variety of activities and services, including yoga, counseling, behavioral therapy, recreation, and more.

Addiction Campuses is proud to offer a range of on-site treatment programs for patients dealing with substance use disorders. We also offer virtual care services through Vertava Health, which gives you access to treatment and support without leaving your home.

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