June 21 marks the eighth International Day of Yoga. Originating in India, Yoga is an ancient practice. Its name is from a word meaning “to join or unite,” referring to an alliance of body and mind.
This year’s theme is “Yoga for Humanity,” promoting a sustainable lifestyle in the world around us, including our families, friends, and co-workers.
The United Nations proclaimed the first International Day of Yoga in 2014 to raise awareness for the many benefits of practicing mindful movement.
Proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, the declaration was supported by 175 out of 193 member states. This set a record for the UN.
Research by Johns Hopkins University found yoga benefits can include:
- Improved physical conditioning
- Improved heart health
- Low back pain relief
- Better stress management
- Supportive community connections
Dr. Briana Rojas, Associate Director of the Office of Employee Wellness, said a strong balance between mind and body is essential in the workplace and at home.
“Wellness is a broad term, but really means the pursuit of health, but I think it also means the pursuit of happiness, of emotional and physical wellbeing, of being and feeling better,” she said. “Without it, we can’t thrive. With it, we can move mountains.”
CDCR staff can access meditations tailored for mobility and mindfulness through the CDCR Wellness App, available on Apple and Google platforms. Navigate to the Fitness & Nutrition tab, then look for Yoga for First Responders.
For more information about wellness programs for staff, visit the Office of Employee Wellness webpage.
By Tessa Outhyse, Public Information Officer