- International Yoga Day is
celebrated on June 21st
- The International
Yoga Day was declared by The United Nations General Assembly on October 11th
- Yoga is an age old practice in
India that has attained International fame because of its multiple
is a form of physical exercise that is aimed at uniting the body, mind and soul. It is not associated with any religion, which has aided in its popularity. Though yoga is an art form that started in India, it has spread to many parts of the world owing to the benefits to health and well-being.
Yoga focuses on
breathing, meditation and working out specific muscles that strengthen the
muscles and improve flexibility.
There are numerous benefits of yoga
, including physical, mental and spiritual:
- Flexibility of muscles
- Strengthening of muscles
- Aids in weight reduction
- Calmness to the mind
- Provides greater immunity
- Better cardiac health
- Improved breathing patterns
- Increased energy that fills the day
- Lowers stress levels in the body
are of different types and people with specific health conditions should choose asanas that are meant for them.
The idea of
celebrating International Yoga Day was first mooted by Shri Shri Ravishankar, a
Sadguru and a yoga exponent. However, the United
Nations accepted the request for an International Day for Yoga when the Indian Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi put forth the request.
‘Practicing yoga will bring peace and harmony to the world as it does to the mind and body.’
year's observance of the International Day of Yoga highlights the important
role healthy living plays in the realization of the Sustainable Development
Goals, adopted last year by all 193 United Nations Member States."-
Ban-Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary General.
Mr. Narendra Modi's request for celebrating International Yoga Day
was supported by 175 member countries, including Canada, China and the U.S. This is one of the most overwhelming support received to pass any resolution in the United Nations Assembly. June 21st
was decided upon as the day for International Yoga day as it is the longest day of the year and it coincides with the day that Yoga is believed to have been taught by the Adiguru to saptarishis.
There has been tremendous popularity that has been generated, with many people from India, U.S, China and Canada gearing up for the day. The Prime Minister stated recently that he had not anticipated such 'enormous enthusiasm' for the day. "This unique occasion brings all of us together to celebrate the invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. Your support and participation last year and once again now, redeems our commitment to nurture and promote this ancient discipline and reaffirm yoga as the manifestation of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — the world as one family," he said.
On June 21st
people are expected to participate in the International Yoga Day by performing
Yoga at the Rajpath, while the Prime Minister will participate in the
celebrations at Chandigarh's capitol complex.
Yoga Day logo
The logo chosen
for the Yoga day has been carefully selected to represent the different facets
of yoga. The folded hands show the union of mind and body, the element of the
earth are represented by the brown leaves while the green
leaves represent nature. The sun represents the source of energy and also for
International Yoga Day Across the World
There are yoga
sessions that are being conducted across the world to celebrate International
Yoga Day. From Texas to China, the improved awareness and the passion of
followers have made this awareness day a success
Tips to Practice Yoga Correctly
In order to be a
part of this popular day and to benefit from the energy that combined sessions
will radiate, it is important to take note of the following:
- Find out if a well-known yoga studio near home is hosting an event on June 21st.
- Wear loose fitting clothes that
are comfortable and will let you stretch your body
- Hydrate well by sipping water
- Get a yoga mat or a thick towel
for use during yoga.
every day will provide holistic healing, infusing
energy into the mind, body and soul.
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