The logo of International Day of Yoga was launched on 29 April 2015 in New Delhi by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik.
The logo was selected by a committee of yoga experts constituted by Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Facts about International Day of Yoga logo
• It reflects peace and harmony for the humanity.
• The folding of both hands in the logo reflects the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness.
• It also reflects a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature and the holistic approach to health and well-being.
• The green leaves symbolise the nature and blue the fire element. While the brown leaves symbolise the earth element.
• The sun in the logo symbolises the source of energy and inspiration.
The idea to observe 21 June as the International Day of Yoga was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014 during his speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In December 2014, UNGA unanimously adopted an India-led resolution to observe 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The resolution was passed within a record time of 75 days. It was also first resolution in which 177 countries had become co-sponsors and was a world record.
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