In case you need some extra inspiration to hop on your yoga mat today, it's International Yoga Day, friends. First created as a global event in 2014 by the United Nations (UN), International Yoga Day is all about celebrating the benefits of the ancient Indian mind-body practice. Whether you love your Kundalini, Hatha, or Vinyasa flow, yoga can be accessible at any ability level. And with several yoga methods to choose from, and events spanning the globe, there are so many inspiring ways to observe International Yoga Day in 2019.
Few practices are as enduring as yoga is. The benefits of a regular yoga practice include increased flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. Yoga can also help increase stress resilience and may help ease depression and anxiety for some people, says the American Osteopathic Association. Yoga isn't just a physical practice; the asanas, or poses, comprise just one of eight limbs of yoga, each with its own mind-body benefits.
No matter what your reasons for practicing yoga are, yoga offers something for pretty much everyone. If you've been curious about the practice but never tried it before, today is the perfect time to find out what all the buzz around yoga is about. So, find a class or event in your area, and give it a go. In case you need a place to start, here are 4 ways to join in the fun, and observe International Yoga Day today.