Today, the gym and fitness industry is flourishing in our country with many national and international players mushrooming in the segment. Increased cases of obesity and diabetes have led to a revolution in the Indian fitness industry. If we look around, we will find that weight loss advertisements are everywhere. This is one of the main reasons behind the growth of health clubs and gym memberships in the country. Heart-healthy, probiotic, sugar-free, fat-free, low-cholesterol, baked, boiled are some of the lines we see appearing in product packaging these days. So physical fitness is now an important part of our life.
Yoga, originating in India or somewhere nearby, is perhaps one of the oldest recorded forms of exercise, which not only adds to our physical health but also to our mental health. The practice of Yoga leads an individual to the union of consciousness with that of universal Consciousness. It eventually leads to a great harmony between the human mind and body, man & nature. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, “Samatvam Yoga Uchyate”– equanimity in the mind is a sign of yoga. Yoga is the ability to remain centered in adverse situations. Whatever takes us back to our original, joyous and harmonious nature is yoga.
Yoga a blessing from our roots gives us a healthy mind and body however due to westernization we are more inclined towards Gyms. Six-pack & Even eight pack abs have made our bodies like steel but our minds are not even single packed. With this I never mean to say that we should not show up for fitness but the fitness of the mind holds equal importance. It’s no secret that exercise helps us to feel good, By engaging in fitness activities like push-ups, pull-ups, running, etc. we are balancing our neurotransmitters and ensuring a smoothly functioning bodily process.
We cannot trade-off between mind and body but we can certainly get connected to our roots which teach us the lesson of Yoga, Meditation, Dhyana, etc. These exercises not only build a great body but also a greater mind. Great leaders like Mahatama Gandhi, Dr Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr APJ Kalam, and many from the canvas of history teach us the importance of having a six-pack mind.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.