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Practise makes perfect

“Yoga’s approach to health is holistic. It covers general fitness of the body, optimal functioning of internal organs, balances out the hormone levels and even keeps the brain healthy and the mind sound.”

Shaurya | Kolkata |

International Yoga Day was celebrated recently. The inception of yoga took place in India and today, it has spread across the world as a major medium of fitness and inner peace. “Yoga is more than just a positive health tool, it is a complete lifestyle. Its approach to an individual’s health is allencompassing. Yoga has henceforth created a new wave in people’s perspective towards everyday health – both physical and mental,” says Akshar Nath, a renowned yoga teacher.

Nath has taught yoga to many celebrities, including wrestler sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat, Salman Khan and Sunil Gavaskar. On being asked how yoga is different from other generic exercises, he said, “Yoga’s approach to health is holistic. It covers general fitness of the body, optimal functioning of internal organs, balances out the hormone levels and even keeps the brain healthy and the mind sound.” He further said, “It is rare for other routine exercises to incorporate meditation or dhyaaninto a workout. But in yogic practices, meditation is an essential part of the yogic health regimen.”

He also said that just as we keep changing and evolving the teaching methods in schools and colleges continuously, we similarly need to change the methods and techniques of teaching yoga so as to promote it on different platforms. When asked which of his disciples had been transformed the most by yoga, Nath said, “The Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden and Babita Phogat’s personal yoga journeys have truly been magical.”

On the question of how yoga could be promoted among the youth, Nath emphasised on the incorporation of technology in the teaching methods of yoga. “The goodness and positivity of yoga can only be transferred to the younger generation through means that interests them and triggers their curiosity the most,” he explained.

Regarding the trends and future of yoga, he said, “The ultimate message of yoga remains the same. Only the practice, place and method of its teaching vary with time.”