Researchers say a healthy mind in a healthy body is the key to a happy life. There are many ways in which you can exercise you mind, doing crosswords, sudoku etc. But, to keep your body healthy you have to just, exercise. When we think of exercise we always think of going to the gym, staying slim and fit, and if its boys having biceps and being strong.

It isn’t just that. Exercise also includes just doing minimum workouts in order to keep your body active. In fact, it is tailormade for each and every person. Some might be satisfied with a 30 minute work out five days a week, some might need to have at a 2 hour session in order to go through their day.

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Yoga, is a form of exercise which involves both body and mind and provides relief both physically and mentally if properly practiced. Yoga has a strong origin in India over 5,000 years ago and it has been mentioned in ancient sacred texts of Rig Veda. To honor the ancient practice of a form of meditation, the International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually since 21st June, 2015 after it had been incepted by the United General Assembly.

The date of 21st June was chosen because it is the longest day of the year and most of world share the special importance on that day. This date was suggested by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the UN.

There are many competitions and events conducted on this day, which involves thousands of people gathering in large grounds in the early hours in the morning and doing Yoga as one. Obviously, because of the pandemic and the national lockdown, people have been stuck at home. But still the spirit of staying in shape has not died down. Government of India and Ministry of Ayush has been conducting various events and competitions, one of which this year is, “Be With Yoga, Be At Home”.

Anyone above the age of 18 can film a one-minute video of them doing yoga in the comfort of their home and uploading it in any one or more social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, tagging the hashtags #bewithyogabeathome and the Ministry of Ayush, before 30th June. The link to their post can be submitted in the MyGov website in order to participate in the competition.

Until yesterday, almost 4000 people have submitted their video in the website. This is just an awareness for maintaining physical health because this pandemic has locked us in our home and given us little chance to have physical movements. It is important for us to maintain our physical health which will also help us have a positive mindset, especially during this trying times.

It has been prescribed by doctors for patients of Covid-19 to do simple breathing exercises in order to increase their lung capacity because it is the lung that gets mostly affected with this virus. Breathing exercise such as Pranayama and Kapalbathi are also a part of Yoga and helps reduce the chances of contracting the virus. It is not only recommended for patients, but for others to practice breathing exercise during dawn to remain healthy. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?