Over the years, the concept of Yoga has been revamped entirely. Gone are the ages of the sages for whom Yoga was a means for attaining self-actualisation and spiritual progress by isolating oneself and renouncing the comforts and attachments of life. Today, the practice of Yoga in India has prevailed and flourished, as its plethora of benefits are realised by people. By establishing its utility for people of all ages - not only providing a spiritual renaissance, but also offering a holistic approach to wellness and well-being, Yoga in all its forms has carved its niche in the wellness industry, becoming especially sought after by the youth.
In Yoga, each posture holds an embedded significance to strengthen the body, balance the mind and keep oneself fit. With the advent of stress-relieving measures in popular culture, Yoga offered a pathway to lead a stress-free and happier life by spending just as little as a few minutes, within the comfort and convenience of one’s home, or in a quiet studio to destress yourself. This captured the interest of many people; especially the competitive youth of the country.
The subtler concepts of Yoga such as following a sattvik and organic diet (vihar) got recognised in addition to diversifying into various trends which recently became popular in India such as Power yoga, Eco yoga, HIIT Yoga (High Intensity Interval Training), Aerial yoga, Hot Yoga and so on to suit the needs of the people of focusing on maintaining a good physique and overall good health. The postures (asanas) are practiced vigorously while maintaining the rhythmic balance between actions, thoughts or feelings (bhavas) and breath to create a wholesome experience, thereby inculcating the essence of Yoga into a more vibrant form of movement. Therefore in its birthplace - India, not only has Yoga thrived, but its evolution into the fitness-wellness domain has enabled its strong foothold amongst the youth of the country.
Yoga is popularised amongst the youth by celebrity youth icons like Shilpa Shetty, Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora and Nargis Fakhri endorsing the benefits of Yoga as a fitness regime, exercises for weight loss, maintaining better mental health and imbibing a holistic mindfulness approach to life. Digital Yoga is the best way to practice Yoga through online videos, personal exercise guides, audio sessions, and even live streaming. With its widespread benefits easily visible, doctors and medical practitioners recommend Yoga to be integrated into the regular routine of people to aid in overall good health.