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International Day of Yoga: 21st June

20-JUN-2017 18:44

    The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated world-wide on June 21, 2015. On this day Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) organised an event to performed 21 Yoga Asanas (Posture) for 35 minutes at Rajpat, New Delhi in which around 35,985 people including dignitaries of 84 nations were presented. The event was clinched Guinness World Records and Ministry of AYUSH was awarded which was received by Minister Shripad Yesso Naik.


    The day of International Yoga came into existence when the Honourable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi call for adopting June 21st as the day of celebration while addressing UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:

    "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. 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. "

    Hence, on October 14, 2014 UNGA drafted resolution for the entailment of “International Yoga Day”. “175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution.” It had the "highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature."

    Brief History of Yoga

    Yoga is an immortal cultural outcome of Indian Civilisation that has attributes of both material as well as spiritual upliftment of humanity. Although, it was practice from pre-Vedic age but it was Maharishi Patanjali who codified and systematised the yogic mudras or practices in his Yoga Sutra.

    Why 21st June was chosen as day of celebration?

    1. The day 21st June was chosen to tribute the Sadhguru who put forth about the importance the day i.e. “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.”
    2. The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

    What does the logo of International Day of Yoga disseminate?

    1. It reflects peace and harmony for the humanity.
    2. The folding of both hands in the logo reflects the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness.
    3. It also reflects a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature and the holistic approach to health and well-being.
    4. The green leaves symbolise the nature and blue the fire element. While the brown leaves symbolise the earth element.
    5. The sun in the logo symbolises the source of energy and inspiration.

    How Yoga is important for Humanity?

    1. It has the amazing and natural benefits of yoga.
    2. It connects people to the nature by practicing yoga.
    3. It reduces the rate of health challenging diseases all over the world.
    4. It enhances growth, development and spread peace all through the world.
    5. It helps people in their bad situations themselves by getting relief from stress through yoga.
    6. It let people know their rights of good health and healthy life style to completely enjoy the highest standard of physical and mental health.
    7. To link between protection of health and sustainable health development.

    Ancient Philosophies of India

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