International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga

Yoga and Ayurveda are two closely related branches that have evolved from our ancient Vedic scriptures. Focused purely to enhance our natural bodily mechanisms for healing and healing and rejuvenation, Yoga primarily uses techniques such as breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures to endow one with good mental and physical health.

In fact, it is highly essential for the many benefits it offers to the body, mind, and soul. Realizing the positive effects of Yoga on our health, many medical experts are now referring Yoga methods to cure ailments and to maintain a healthy physique. It is fast emerging as a scientific discipline and several doctors are including it in their health benefit plans.

International Day of Yoga

With an aim to let people know about the multiple benefits of yoga, International Day of Yoga is celebrated each year on June 21 — which is also the longest day in every 365 days in the Northern Hemisphere. The date was announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 after being suggested by Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India during his UN address.

International Day of Yoga — History

The notion for adopting one day, dedicated to yoga, was first proposed Mr. Narendra Modi during when he addressed the UNGA, on September 27, 2014. According to him, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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 nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being.

Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

If you did not know already, the genesis of yoga has many theories. While certain say that it originated from the Himalayan Shamans (as still evident in Tibet and Nepal), others state that Lord Shiva is the father of ancient yoga. Again, many experts claim that Patanjali is the father of modern yoga. But we can trace its actual origins to the 5th century when yoga was first mentioned in the Vedic Scriptures. Yoga, the word, is derived from ‘Yuja, a Sanskrit term which means – “bind to align to hold”

If you did not know already, the genesis of yoga has many theories. While certain say that it originated from the Himalayan Shamans (as still evident in Tibet and Nepal), others state that Lord Shiva is the father of ancient yoga. Again, many experts claim that Patanjali is the father of modern yoga. But we can trace its actual origins to the 5th century when yoga was first mentioned in the Vedic Scriptures. Yoga, the word, is derived from ‘Yuja, a Sanskrit term which means – “bind to align to hold”

After Modiji’s proposal, the UNGA conducted several sessions of consultations on the draft resolution titled & International Day of Yoga.

Finally, the consultations were convened by the delegation of India and in 2015, International Day of Yoga was officially announced. The entire process took only three months. And this achievement can be marked as a proud milestone in the history of India

International Day of Yoga 2019

Every year, International Day of Yoga holds a particular theme. The theme of World Yoga Day 2017 was “Yoga For Health”, 2016 was “Connect the Youth”, and 2015 was “Yoga For Harmony And Peace”. The theme of World Yoga Day 2018 was “Yoga for Peace”. On the occasion of the 4th International Yoga Day on June 21, 2018, the event was celebrated by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in Dehradun.

He led the day with a gathered crowd of over 60000 people at Dehradun Forest Research Institute. The primary goal of the day was to make people understand how yoga, apart from promoting overall mental plus physical well-being, also leads to the peace of mind, eventually contributing to global peace as a whole.

For 2019, the theme is ‘Yoga For Heart’. The primary event is planned at Ranchi, which expects and is expected to garner almost around 50,000 participants. Not only Ranchi, but the day shall also see multiple events organized in several big cities and small towns.  With an aim to celebrate the harmony of spirit, soul, and body thousands of people will assemble in already decided locations to practice yoga while being guided by expert yogic masters.

Even the Prime Minister of India has invited everyone, in India as well as abroad to partake in the celebrations and spread awareness. He shall also distribute Yoga Awards 2019 on June 21, 2019. Events will be held in various venues in Delhi and surrounding areas, schools, yoga centers, and others. It has already been announced that a special sale for yoga essentials such as mats and tees, will be organized to commemorate the special occasion.

On this auspicious event, the world sees people from all parts of the planet uniting to support good health. The event is supported by various global leaders and is celebrated by the citizens of more than 170 countries, including the USA, China, Canada, and others. Each country has its own set of planned events, which comprise organizing activities such as yoga training campus, yoga competitions, and other activities to enhance the awareness about yoga benefits among the common residents.

International Day of Yoga — Major Objectives

As we already mentioned, the International Day of Yoga is celebrated to let people know that regular yoga practice is necessary to promote better mental, physical and intellectual health. It not only changes the lifestyle of people but also makes them healthier, more active, and spiritually sound.

Everybody, including observer states and prominent members, UN organizations, notable international and regional organizations, civil society, government, and non-governmental organizations come together to celebrate the International Day of Yoga in any manner as suited in their region of residence.

IDY seeks to connect people to nature by practicing yoga and help individuals increase their concentration via meditation. Apart from drawing the attention of people worldwide towards the holistic benefits of yoga, it aims to reduce the rate of health risks and minimize the effects of deadly diseases. Communities come close in order to spend a day on health while taking some time out from their busy schedule. Not only this, IDY aims to enhance growth, development and spread peace and spread the message of stress relief via yoga.

Yes, the International Day of Yoga has so many noble aims. It strengthens global coordination, makes people aware of leaving unhealthy practices and embracing good health, and lets people know the benefits of a well-balanced lifestyle.

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