International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June. International Yoga Day is also Known as “World Yoga Day” or “Yoga Day”. On 11th Dec 2014, the general assembly of United Nations decides to proclaim 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.
Let’s know what is Yoga?
Yoga is a very well known ancient practice. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice to develop a balance between mind and body. Yoga was originated in ancient India. The word ‘Yoga’ derives from the Sanskrit language which means to join or to unite. Yoga, simply the Union of the body with consciousness (self).
International Yoga Day 21 June 2019
The main purpose of proclaiming International Day of Yoga is to promote a holistic approach to health and well-being. Practicing yoga is beneficial for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the world population.
After recognizing 21 June as the World Yoga Day, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated on Sunday, 21 June 2015. This Year, the Yoga day will be celebrated on the same date Friday, 21 June 2019.
The Idea of International Day of Yoga
The idea of International Day of Yoga (World Yoga Day) was first ever proposed by the Honourable Priminister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. At UNGA (UN General Assembly), Narendra Modi Gave speech and proposed Yoga Day as an International observance.
Narendra Modi speech At UNGA on Yoga: “Yoga is a precious gift of ancient Indian tradition. Yoga unites mind and body, thoughts and Action, harmony between human being and nature. Yoga is not just about exercise but to develop and discover the sense of oneness with yourself. Practicing yoga will helps us to change our lifestyle for good health and well-being. Let us adopt an International Yoga Day for Human well being.”
Decalaration of International Yoga Day By United Nations
Asoke Mukherji (Former Indian Permanent Representative) introduced a draft resolution in UNGA on 11 December 2014. The draft was adopted without a vote and 177 nations co-sponsored this resolution. This was the first draft in the history of UNGA resolution who had the highest number of co-sponsors.
The reason behind choosing 21 June as the date of International Yoga Day
Narendra Modi said that this date (21 June) is the Longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere and shortest day in the Southern hemisphere. from the point of view of Yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana (A six-month period between summer solstice & Winter solstice).
The second full moon in Dekshinayana is known as Guru Poornima. It is said that the first yogi (Adi Yogi) Shiva gave the knowledge of Yoga to his disciples on this day. Therefore Shiva is the guru (master) of Yoga.
Following the adoption of UN resolution for Yoga day, several leaders in India gave their support in this initiative to spread the benefit of Yoga to the entire world population.