Yoga is a 5,000-year-old tradition from India. Yoga incorporates physical, mental and spiritual pursuits to achieve harmony of the body and mind.

YOGA STARTED BY THE COUNTRY
INDIA

WHEN it was started?

All Over the World
This all started on September 27 in the year 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed in his UNGA address, he suggested that June 21, 2014.

WHY we are celebrating JUNE 21 as IYD?

One of the reasons why Mrs. Narendra Modi proposed the day of June 21 as International Yoga Day is because it is the longest day in a year.
June 21, as the longest day, holds significance in several parts of the world.
From the context of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. It is the six-month period between the Summer solstice and Winter solstice. The first full moon after Summer solstice is called as Guru Poornima. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices such as Yoga.
God Shiva is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to mankind on this day.

Another reason behind June 21 being adopted for holding yoga day is that it is the day of the summer solstice, which means that the axis of the planet is most inclined towards the star that it orbits which in the case of Earth is the Sun.

WHY it was started?

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient traditions. Yoga embodies unity of mind, body, thought and action; restraint and execution; harmony between the man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover a sense of oneness with you, world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in healthy living.

WHY United Nations Also Adopted IYD?

(1) Knowing the importance of individuals and populations building healthiest choice and following standard of living patterns that foster good health.
(2) Underlining the fact that global health is a long-term growth goal.
(3) Understanding that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and healthy living.
(4) Noticing also that broader distribution of information about the profits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population.

WHERE was it bought in action for the first time?

The United Nations declared June 21 is International Yoga Day on December 11, 2014. 1st program of International Yoga Day held on June 21, 2015, at Rajpath in national capital witnessed by PM Mrs Narendra Modi performing Yoga along with over 200 million people across the country. Including over 37,000 people in Delhi. The second time it was held in Chandigarh with the participation of over 30,000 people in the presence of Prime Minister.

Record of FIRST DAY

The 1st yoga day was recorded with 35,985 people along with PM Narendra Modi and dignitaries from 84 countries performing 21 yoga asana in New Delhi.

International Yoga Day 2020 Theme

  “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family.” is World Yoga Day 2020 theme.
 “Climate Action” was the theme for 2019.
 “Yoga for Peace” was the theme for the year 2018.
 “Yoga for Health” Was the theme for 2017.
 “Connect the Youth” Was the theme for 2016.
 “Yoga for Harmony and Peace” Was the theme for 2015.

Objectives of World Yoga Day

International Yoga day has been implemented to fulfil the following objectives:
 To let the people know the amazing and natural benefits of yoga.
 To connect the people with nature by practising yoga.
 To make the people get used of meditation through yoga.
 To grabs the attention of people worldwide towards the holistic benefits of yoga.
 To increase the growth, development and spread peace all through the world.
 To help the people in their bad situations themselves by getting relief from tension through yoga.
 To strengthen the global synchronization among people through yoga.
 To win overall health challenges through regular yoga practice.
 To promote the good mental and physical health of people through yoga practice.

International Yoga Day in India

International Yoga Day 2020, the sixth edition of yoga day focus on yoga at home with family members.

For the observance of World Yoga Day, the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had already launched blogging contest “My Life, My Yoga” jointly organized by the Ministry of AYUSH(MoA) and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). The contest mainly focuses on the impact of yoga on individual transformation.

Due to the health pandemic COVID 19, this year yoga day, no mass gatherings would be advised, instead of that Ministry is encouraging people to practice yoga at their homes with the family to stay active and fit during the lockdown.

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