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.
As stated on the UN Yoga Day observance website, “ A growing trend of people around the world embracing Yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression has been witnessed during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation.”
This year’s commemoration of the International Day of Yoga focuses on “Yoga for well-being” – how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual. The World Health Organization mentions yoga as a means to improve health in its global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030: more active people for a healthier world.
Whether you are an advanced practitioner of yoga, or have just learned about the downward dog posture, 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
Online Learning with Universal Class
Yoga For Weight Loss by Loren Fishman
Restorative Yoga : Relax Restore Re-energize by Caren Baginski
Yoga After 50 For Dummies by Larry Payne
Yoga For Inflexible People by Max Lowenstein
You can stream a variety of yoga related documentaries and films on Kanopy.
Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian