CELEBERATING INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY 2020

The practice of Yoga is not merely an ancient tradition but a unique and invaluable gift to humanity. This ancient art unites the body with the mind bringing peace and harmony into your life. Yoga adopts a holistic approach to healing focussing on wellness rather than health. Practitioners of yoga experience oneness with nature and with their inner selves.

For the past five years, we have been celebrating International Yoga Day on the 21st of June.

Declaration of International Yoga Day

In the year 2014, the current Prime Minister of India proposed earmarking a calendar day dedicated to the practice and promotion of Yoga. In his address to the UN Assembly, Shree Narendra Modi said –

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. …. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

He proposed June 21st as International Yoga Day because it is the longest day in the northern hemisphere – the summer solstice. It is the day of transition from Uttrayana to Dakshinayana and is associated with certain spiritual practices and rituals. It is also the shortest day in the southern hemisphere.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) accepted Mr. Modi’s suggestion and declared this date – June 21st – as International Yoga Day.

How is International Yoga Day Celebrated?

While the practitioners of Yoga recommend regularity in practice, on this day, people around the world gather to practice Yoga, generate awareness, and encourage the practice of this ancient art.

In the current year – 2020 – due to the on-going COVID Pandemic, this commemorating occasion will be celebrated virtually with offerings of free sessions and enrolments for learning. The Union Ministry of AYUSH has introduced and new theme for celebrating the 6th International Yoga Day – Ghar Ghar me Yog (Yoga in every home) – encouraging people to participate online along with their families.

Ghar Ghar me Yog

This new theme of the government of India encourages every Indian to indulge in the practice of Yoga and bring about a change in their life. Benefits of Yoga include –
– It brings flexibility in the body – particularly in this period of general inaction
– It improves and maintains muscle tone
– It improves respiration and oxygenation
– It aids metabolism and digestion
– It helps in reducing and maintaining weight
– It improves blood circulation reducing the risk of heart related diseases
– It relieves stress

The lockdown theme of Ghar Ghar me Yog encourages people to unite virtually and not only reap its many benefits but also bond with one another.

We at BanLabs laud this initiative by the government of India and offer our support in the form of Care Herbal Tea a fitting complement to the healing powers of Yoga.

Herbal Tea and Yoga

Yoga and tea are no strangers. The benefits and medicinal properties of herbs have been heralded by Yogis for centuries. Both herbal tea and Yoga date back centuries. Both possess healing and curative properties, and both are a way of life practiced by many.

This International Yoga Day let us understand how Yoga and Herbal tea complement one another and work together for your wellbeing.

A Match made in Heaven

Of the many benefits of green herbal tea, enhanced brain functioning, improved metabolism, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity boosting properties, and slowing down aging are the most significant.

Yoga on the other hand improves flexibility and relieves stiffness, reduces pain by releasing the tension in the body. It promotes deep sleep.

Together, both work towards a better mental and physical health.

A cup of warm green tea before your daily Yoga routine releases tension and relaxes the body. It spreads warmth enabling better and deeper breathing thus enhancing the performance of various Asanas and the benefits you derive from them.

While it is not a good idea to sip tea intermittently during your ritual, a warm and refreshing cup of tea after your ritual give you pause before you move on to your next task. It will revive your senses and enliven you making you energetic and ready for the challenge that you face.

Benefits of Green Tea with Yoga

De-stress – Before beginning a stressful workday – or at the end of one – take a while to unwind before you begin performing your asanas. A few moments spent with oneself slowly sipping a warm cup of herbal green tea will melt away the worries of the day and allow you to focus on your exercise.

Better Sleep – It is said that 8 hours of sleep is necessary to feel relaxed and refreshed. Contemporary lifestyle however keeps us awake long after the designated bedtime. De-stressing with a warm cup of Green tea before and after a relaxing evening Yoga ritual will help you sleep better.

Immunity Booster – The antioxidant properties of Care Herbal Tea will drain away the toxins from your system and the warmth and aroma of the brew will soothe your senses relaxing your muscles and allowing you to perform your ritual with focus and serenity.

The combination of herbal tea and Yoga stimulates the biological systems of your body and improves blood circulation making it easier for the white blood cells to fight disease.

BanLabs manufactures its Herbal Tea blends after careful research bringing you the best of each ingredient. Visit our Ban Labs store now to pick your brew. You can also drop a line to mail@banlab.com.

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