Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced widely in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
Recognizing its universal appeal and to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga., the United Nations has proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.
As we know the pandemic, besides its impact on physical health, has exacerbated psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. Yoga’s role in promoting both the physical and mental well-being of humanity, and in dealing with the stress of uncertainty and isolation has never been more relevant.
The UN Yoga Day observance website states: “The essence of yoga is balance – not just balance within 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 mindfulness, moderation, discipline and perseverance…..Yoga can be an important instrument in the collective quest of humanity for promoting sustainable lifestyle in harmony with planet Earth. In keeping with this spirit, the theme for this year’s Yoga Day celebrations is “Yoga for Humanity.”
Whether you are an advanced practitioner of yoga, or just know the basic postures, a bevy of resources on yoga are accessible with your Livingston Public Library card, to guide and motivate you in your practice.
Magazines and Ebooks
Abundance : The Inner Path To Wealth by Deepak Chopra
Restorative Yoga : Relax Restore Re-energize by Caren Baginski
Yoga After 50 For Dummies by Larry Payne
Yoga For Inflexible People by Max Lowenstein
Yoga For Weight Loss by Loren Fishman
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian