Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘Yoga’ derives from Sanskrit which means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June throughout the world. For the first time, it was celebrated on 21 June 2015. As we all know the environment is changing and the world is becoming more competent. Practicing Yoga helps us to deal with this type of environment and makes us healthy.
History of International Yoga Day
On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.
The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” In this regard, the World Health Organization has also advised its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes contributing to the top ten leading causes of death worldwide.
The proposal was first introduced by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, in which he stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”
Why celebrate Yoga?
Yoga is a way to fight with climate change as it offers people a sense of “harmony” with self, society and nature”. By just changing your lifestyle and creating consciousness, you can easily deal with climate change.
Celebrating Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being and a wider dissemination of information about the benefits associated with it.
How International Yoga day is celebrated?
21 June is selected for the International Day of Yoga as it is the Summer Solstice and date signifies the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21 June 2015. India registered two Guinness World Records on this day; one for 35,985 people practicing in a single yoga session at a single venue and the other for most nationalities participating in a yoga lesson. The event is recognized and celebrated across 192 United Nations Member States in 2016.
AYUSH Ministry launches app to locate Yoga Centres and instructors to promote Yoga!
AYUSH Ministry launches a mobile application to help people to locate information about the yoga events and centers providing training and instructors. The mobile app was launched ahead of International Yoga Day on June 21. Yoga locator is a map-based location app that will also enable yoga instructors to register themselves and reach out too many people.