Yoga: Towards One World, One Health

In the midst of a world simmering with conflicts, disparities, and health crises, ancient wisdom reminds us of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. A phrase derived from Sanskrit literature, that translates to “the world is one family”.

It’s an appeal to the global community to acknowledge our inherent interconnectedness and strive towards universal kinship, an appeal that has become especially important today. The concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam fosters unity, harmony, and collective wellbeing.

And the discipline that resonates with this philosophy is Yoga. The 5,000 year old art is not just a series of postures, but a journey to overall well-being and self-awareness. It is a tool to bring people together.

In recent years, we have seen a definite increase in physical and mental health issues. This became worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a terrible impact on thousands of people worldwide. In this era, technology can give us comfort, but the mechanization of life has only caused more isolation and stress.

Yoga serves as a holistic approach towards improving our health.

The asanas improve our physical strength and flexibility.

Breathing exercises like pranayama improve our respiratory systems – and after COVID-19, we can see just how significant having healthy lungs is.

Finally, the meditative practices of yoga help us find mental clarity, reduce stress, and refine our cognitive abilities.

But the potential of Yoga goes beyond just personal health. The principles of this ancient art are built on mindfulness and compassion, advocating for a unified world. This echoes the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. When Yoga is practiced in groups, barriers such as race, religion, and socio-economic status cease to matter. In a world where equality and inclusivity are being fought for, Yoga can become a unifying force, weaving individuals into a single thread of mutual growth.

As we stretch our bodies on the mat, let us stretch our understanding and acceptance of each other off the mat also. As we learn to balance our bodies, let’s learn to balance our lives and relationships.

Let’s not just practice Yoga: let’s embody it. Let’s breathe life into the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, bringing in an era of unity, peace, and collective wellbeing. Yoga, in its essence, is an invitation to the world to breathe as one, live as one, and be one.

Let Yoga guide us towards one world, one health.

About The Satsang Foundation

The Satsang Foundation, founded by Sri M, is a meeting point for spiritual seekers of all persuasions. The Satsang Foundation also extends a helping hand to the less privileged of society.