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Been into yoga for ages, or just starting to get the hang of it – no matter to which category you belong, the International Day of Yoga (June 21, 2018) is one occasion to make use of the global yoga celebrations for strengthening or building anew, your very special personal bond with this ancient-most science of self-improvement.

So, what are some of the classical yoga techniques to immerse yourself into, this IDY, 2018?

1. Sun bathing (Getting the sun rays)

June 21st, being the longest day of the year, has been purposefully selected as the day to celebrate yoga internationally. Giving us the longest evenings and the longest mornings, by virtue of the Earth’s location on its orbit, it offers excellent opportunity for exposing ourselves to the sun and for in-taking Vitamin D – the pro-happiness, anti-disease vitamin which many of us modern human beings seem to be perpetually deficit in.

2. Jala neti (Nasal irrigation)

Unlike many other complicated shatkriyas from Classical Hatha Yoga, Jala Neti is very easy to practice on a day to day basis. It is in simple terms, irrigation of the nasal passage with sterile, saline water and can be learnt from an authorized classical yoga professional. So, find one, learn the practice, and enjoy the freshness and the relief it brings along with deepening of the breath and better oxygenation of the upper respiratory passages.

Regular practice of Jala Neti is proven to cure sinusitis and prevent various air-borne diseases like tuberculosis, breathing allergies and regular coughs and colds.

3. Shavasana (Dead body pose)

Ever practised the ultimate relaxation technique in yoga which feels no less than being in a blissful limbo of sorts? This one is the unique most among all the yogasanas. It is said that 10 minutes of Shavasana is equivalent to 2-3 hours of good sleep. This IDY, expose yourself to the extremely energising, refreshing and rejuvenating experience which works at multiple levels – mind, body and soul.

4. Anulom Vilom (Alternate nostril breathing)

It is my personal experience that Anulom Vilom helps in removing negativity from the mind-body complex by releasing blocked energies in the pranic system. 5 to ten rounds of this kind of alternate nostril breathing, especially with accompanied kumbhaks and shunyaks (retentions and suspensions of breath) with proper consistency in the breath rate and the counts is enough to supply us with day-long boost of balance, equanimity and a happy state of mind.

5. Ishwara Pranidhan (Surrendering to higher reality)

Call it what you may – gratitude, faith, feeling humbled – the trust in higher reality is very important to go from one step to next without worrying about what was or what will be. This IDY, we can thank THE force for coming to our assistance time and again, for reinstating our trust in that which upholds all of us and for keeping us on the growth trajectory, no matter how painful the lessons learnt on the way are.

Don’t take our word for it. Try one or more of these…and experience the magic on your own.

Note: The Yoga Mile welcomes new practitioners for a free walk-in session in the week of International Day of Yoga, 2018 (18th June to 23rd June) to any of our yoga centres in Marol, Chandivali and Hiranandani (Mumbai).