International Yoga Day is observed every year on June 21. It serves as a global platform to celebrate the ancient practice of yoga and its universal appeal. Introduced by the United Nations in 2015, this day highlights the profound impact that yoga has on physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Originating in India thousands of years ago, yoga has transcended cultural boundaries to become a widely practiced discipline. On this day, millions of people participate in yoga sessions, workshops, and events, emphasising its ability to promote harmony and unity among individuals from diverse backgrounds. As you observe International Yoga Day 2024, we've put together a list of five yoga poses that can help improve both flexibility and strength. 5 Yoga Asanas That Can Help Reduce Panic Attacks and Calm Your Anxiety

1. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

This pose stretches the entire body, particularly the hamstrings, calves, shoulders, and spine. It also builds strength in the arms, shoulders, and core.

How to do Adho Mukha Svanasana (Watch Video)

2. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Warrior II strengthens the legs, especially the quadriceps and glutes, while stretching the hips and groin area. It also improves balance and stability.

How to do Virabhadrasana II (Watch Video)

3. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Bridge Pose targets the spine, chest, and neck while strengthening the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. It also opens up the hips and stretches the chest and neck muscles.

How to do Setu Bandhasana (Watch Video)

4. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

The triangle pose stretches and strengthens the legs, especially the hamstrings, calves, and hips. It also increases flexibility in the spine and opens the chest and shoulders.

How to do Trikonasana (Watch Video)

5. Boat Pose (Navasana)

Boat Pose engages the core muscles, including the abdominals and hip flexors, to build strength and stability. It also improves balance and strengthens the lower back. International Day of Yoga 2024 Date and Significance: Know Health and Fitness Benefits of Performing Yoga Daily.

How to do Navasana (Watch Video)

Incorporate these poses into your yoga practice to enhance both flexibility and strength throughout your body. Always practice with awareness of your body's limits and listen to your body to avoid overexertion. Here's wishing everyone a Happy International Yoga Day 2024!

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jun 18, 2024 04:25 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website