How it all began…
Yoga took it’s time to have its ‘own’ day. In 2015 the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 unanimously as the International Day of Yoga (IDY). This year
As yoga is such an ingrained part of India’s history and lifestyle, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the United Nations in 2014 with a proposal to create a special day for yoga. Thanks to him, yoga gained more significance around the world, and since then observed and celebrated across the globe.
In the UN General Assembly (UNGA he gave an inspiring speech which convinced 177 out of 193 countries (the highest number of co-sponsors for any UNGA resolution in history) to approve the International Day of Yoga. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added in a message, “Yoga can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that generates respect and can promote peace and development.” Going beyond the view of yoga as physical and mental disciplines, Modi promoted it as a holistic way of life that stresses “harmony between man and nature” and simpler lifestyles. With all these positive prospects and benefits, no wonder the proposal was so highly accepted and adopted.
The annual IDY celebration is a reminder that yoga is for everyone regardless of our physical aptitude, age, beliefs or religion. It is about raising awareness of this practice and all the benefits anyone can attain through it. Yoga teaches us to take charge of our entire being. From stress relief and a more flexible body to a healthier lifestyle, everyone definitely benefits from a little bit of yoga.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies
unityof mind and body, thought and action… a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our wellbeing. Yoga is not just about exercise; it’s a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Day of Yoga”
— Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN General Assembly.
Yoga is not about doing some fancy postures or gymnastics but rather a way of life and a
Yoga is very beneficial for physical fitness, muscular-skeletal functioning and cardiovascular health. It also helps in lifestyle disorders like depression, fatigue, anxiety, diabetes, hypertension and other stress-related issues. It stresses the importance of taking care of our earth and ourselves. The
As in previous
This was undoubtedly again a great success for India, for the Indian Embassy in Thailand and for the yogic culture and tradition. Photos and videos of the yoga event in Bangkok were sent to Delhi to the Ministry of AYUSH (Abbreviation