International Yoga Day 2022: Time to feel human again

For thousands of years, people have turned to yoga to feel more agile, relieve stress and rejuvenate their overall physical and mental health.

International Yoga Day – which is Tuesday, June 21 – can be the day to start a healthy new habit.

The day is designated by the UN, and this year’s theme is “Yoga for humanity”, with an emphasis on “promoting a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with the planet Earth”.

The UN states on its website that “the essence of yoga is balance – not just balance in the body or that between the mind and the body, but also balance in the human relationship with the world. Yoga emphasizes the values ​​of attention, moderation, discipline and endurance. “

Originating in ancient India, yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice, says the UN.

If you happen to be in New York City for the next week and a half, India’s permanent mission to the UN has the exhibition “The World of Yoga” at the entrance of the UN delegates from June 21 to July 1.
In Times Square, You can take advantage of all the daylight with free solstice yoga classes starting at 07:30 ET and ends at 20:30 ET. Register in advance, or if you do not have time, join via streaming on the Times Square Alliance website, which presents the event.
In the meantime, CNN invites you to take a look back at some of our yoga covers:

5-minute morning yoga routine

You can start the day just before leaving the bedroom.

CNN fitness contributor Stephanie Mansour created this five-minute yoga routine to loosen up your body and start the day feeling calm, balanced and positive.

“As a certified yoga instructor for over a decade, I encourage my clients to participate in a daily yoga practice (preferably in the morning) to make the blood flow, increase energy and strengthen the senses,” she wrote.

“These positions are strategically included because they open up the body physically, improve blood flow to the vital organs and stretch the front, back and sides of the body in a short time.

“Eat all these positions with the pranayama breath: Inhale through the nose and out through the nose. Breathe slowly and consciously, and synchronize the breath with your movements.”

READ MORE: Get the details of Mansour’s morning yoga routine here

4 yoga movements before bedtime

You started the day with yoga. Another short session of four yoga movements can get you ready for a good night’s sleep.

“All too often, sleep avoids us because of the common ailments that make it difficult to fall asleep or wake us up at night,” said CNN contributor Dana Santas, a trainer for breathing, mobility and body and soul in professional sports.

“These exercises address the areas where we tend to feel that kind of pain and tension.”

Watch the video at the top of this story to release tension in the lower back, hips and gluteal muscles.

Yoga tips from an NFL star

Finally, when you think of yoga, you may not think of rough ‘n’ rugged NFL stars. But Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Mike Daniels has found that yoga works for him. Santa talked to Daniels about how he developed the habit.

“I started doing yoga after my fourth season in the NFL, and went into my fourth year. I felt very stiff, and one of my teammates said I had to start practicing yoga. He gave the instructor number, and after the first session , I immediately saw results.

“When I finished, it was like a body awakening experience,” he said.

READ MORE: Find out more about Mike Daniels’ movements on the yoga mat

Inspiration

Perhaps the words of one of yoga’s best practitioners, the late BKS Iyengar, will inspire you:

“Yoga cultivates ways to maintain a balanced posture in daily life and provides skills in performing one’s actions.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the wrong date for International Yoga Day.