Renowned Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar once said that youth needs more of Yoga today!' But yoga is  wrongly connoted as a spiritual practice.  It is time to come out from that orthodox  notion.


Some  years ago,  my sedentary lifestyle had taken its toll and my spine and leg joints became so feeble and I find it difficult to climb  staircase to reach my third floor home. That bitter experience turned me towards yoga when   I accidentally saw a Youtube video which is an interview of Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar with NDTV Chief  Dr. Pranoy Roy.

That video brought revolutionary change in me. Sh Iyengar, who was 90 then - April, 2008 looked like a fountain of energy and the way he talked to Dr. Roy ignited me to start yoga practice to maintain my fitness levels.  Then, I slowly started doing some yoga asanas daily after my morning cup of coffee, that too only for five 5 minutes. Since then, I could not remember when I got backache last time which was so frequent earlier.  


For a man of my age  - 52 -  those 5 minutes in the morning are so crucial and if I skip that I feel the pain.  My 5 minutes yoga include 2 minutes vajraasan and 3 minutes halaasan. 


After completion of 5 minutes yoga, I do one-minute meditation.  In fact meditation is your natural rhythm. You should not force your mind to do meditation  which backfires.  When you do it with an effort, it can't be called 'Meditation'. Jiddu Krishna Murti, the eminent Indian philosopher advises  to watch your mind as if it is a lizard on the wall. This makes your meditation qualitative. 


The importance of yoga has already been recognized by the United Nations which declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. The Yoga has it's roots in India which is a 5,000 year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice. It has tremendous physical and mental benefits. 


Further the practice of yoga  is totally secular with a mountain of health benefits leading to sound body and mind !

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