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Yoga being practiced at Arshad Yoga Group, Nisar Shaheed Park, Karachi
Yoga being practiced at Arshad Yoga Group, Nisar Shaheed Park, Karachi

Yoga takes you out of depression, Yogis say on International Yoga Day

Shahid Jillani

International Yoga Day is being observed today around the world. Yogi’s say it is not only physical exercise, but it improves mind and spirit showing you new hopes.

Started from Hindu and Eastern religious practices, as a form of mediation and exercise Yoga is being practiced all around the world as physical, mental and spiritual exercise.

“Make use of this International Day of Yoga to explore different dimensions of Yoga. Yoga is not just about twisting and turning,” says Sadhguru, an international guru of Yoga and meditation and founder of Isha Foundation.

The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21 June 2015, after passing the UN General Assembly in 2014 to become an official UN observance.

“The only way to experience true wellbeing is to turn inward. This is what yoga means – not up, not out, but in. In is the only way out,” Sadhguru.  

Kids do Yoga in a larger number at Arshad Yoga Group every Sunday and on other holidays
Kids do Yoga in a larger number at Arshad Yoga Group every Sunday and on other holidays

Yoga derives from Hindu and Eastern religious practices as a form of meditation and exercise meant to unite mind and body. However, it has spread all over the world even among those not following Eastern religions. Yoga has become very popular, and it was made a UN observance to promote “health, harmony, and peace”.

There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

Head of Arshad Yoga Group, Muhammad Arshad doing 'Sees Aasin'
Head of Arshad Yoga Group, Muhammad Arshad doing ‘Sees Aasin’

Muhammad Arshad, Head of Arshad Yoga Group at Nisar Shaheed Park in Karachi is known for his philanthropy and spreading love and fitness.

Muhammad Arsha said, “Yoga changes your life. Yoga takes you out of disappointment, which is a major cause behind depression. It develops new hopes of beautiful life.”

Not only physical exercises, breathing and meditation are also part of it.

“Yoga is a way of life. Not only physical fitness but it improves mental and spiritual wellbeing as well,” said Shuja Qureshi, a peace promoter and civil society activist in Karachi. “It is a good step of United Nations to observe it annually. It started even before Hinduism. It has nothing to do with any religion.”

Around the time of International Day of Yoga, there is public promotion of Yoga and education about Yoga, as well as special Yoga events in some countries stressing its benefits.

Healthy Society at Bukhari Park, DHA Karachi is known for its love of Yoga. It is one of the most punctual Yoga groups in town, I have been to.

Agha Asad in action at Healthy Society, Bukhar Park, Karachi
Agha Asad in action at Healthy Society, Bukhar Park, Karachi

Agha Asad is known for his health consciousness and values in the Healthy Society. He said, “Yoga is the exercise to improve your life style. Improve your body movement and improve your old age days. It helps out in old age days. Your body works properly.”

TV producer Sunil Kumar is a bicyclist and Yogi. He keeps visiting different parks in Karachi and teaches Yoga free of cost. He says, “Other exercises are physically challenging. It is smooth and has multiple benefits. From a kid of six-year old to 90-year old person can get benefits from it and it is proved worldwide.”

Young Yogi and journalist Aijaz Khokhar is loved by everyone in Arshad Yoga Group at Nisar Shaheed Park.

He says, “Yogi feels young and healthy in all the ages. All people whether they are young or old, men or women or even child, everyone should spare at least one hour in a day for Yoga to get healthier and young.”

Aijaz Khokhar doing breathing.
Aijaz Khokhar doing breathing.

He appreciated different Yoga groups of Karachi including Arshad Yoga Group, Freedom Flowers and many more, who are doing Yoga regularly in different parks of Karachi, and that is free of cost.

“I suggest all Yoga groups to plan Yoga camps in different cities and small towns of Sindh to motivate our people for Yoga and walk,” suggested Aijaz Khokhar.

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