Yoga originated from India and was passed on by its masters to the society to help not only the body but also the mind to keep it young and healthy. It is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”. Yoga, a type of meditation comprises of different postures and breathing techniques that unite the mind, body and soul.
Yoga asanas build strength, flexibility and confidence. Regular practice of yoga can help lose weight, relieve stress, improve immunity and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested United Nations to celebrate June 21 as the International Yoga Day as it is the summer solistice; the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being . Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly, September 2014.
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