Every year International Day of Yoga is observed on 21st June. This day is Celebrate to spread awareness about the importance and Effects of Yoga on the health of people. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice which gives calmness, peace, confidence and courage to people through which they can do several activities in a better way.
The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit which means to join or to unite. At every level of existence it is a state of harmony. Yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing Yoga.
Meaning of Yoga :-
Yoga is an ancient, physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
Hindu God of Yoga :-
Shiva: His fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also known as Adoption Shiva, regarded as the patron God of Yoga, meditation and arts.
The Mother of Yoga :-
Integral yoga, also called supramental yoga,is the yoga-based philosophy and practice of Sri-Aurobindo and The Mother (Mitra Alfassa).
The Father of Yoga :-
Patanjali- He condified all aspects of yoga into a certain format Known as the Yoga Sutras. This is a collection of 196 verses or sutras on yoga. And so, Patanjali is Known as the father of modern Yoga.
The first founder of Yoga :-
B.K.S Iyengar was the founder of the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the World Clearing Misconceptions: For many, the practice of yoga is restricted to Hatha Yoga and Asanas (postures).
Goal of Yoga :-
The original context of yoga was spiritual development practices to train the body and mind to self observe and became aware of their own nature. The purpose of Yoga were to cultivate discernment awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness in the individual.
Logo of International Yoga Day :-
The brown leaves symbolise the Earth element, the green leaves symbolise the Nature, blue symbolises the Water element, brightness symbolises the fire element and the Sun Symbolise the source of energy and inspiration. The logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of Yoga.
The importance of International Yoga Day:-
Yoga Day is important to celebrate to make people aware about the benefits of Yoga. Yoga has medical benefits and it helps during many diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, alleviating physical injuries, and chronic pain. Apart from that, it helps a person to get mental peace.
Origin of International Yoga Day :-
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014. He stated that-
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about excercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By Changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
-By Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
Following this initial proposal, the UNGA held information consultation on the draft resolution, entitled “International Day of Yoga”, on 14 October 2014. The consultations were convened by the delegation of India. In 2015 Reserve Bank of India issued a 10 rupees commemorative coin to mark the International Day of Yoga.
Themes of International Day of Yoga :-
Since 2015, the International Day of Yoga is Celebrated annually on June 21.
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2015 was “Yoga for Heart”.
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2016 was “Connect the Youth”.
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2017 was “Yoga for Health”.
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2018 was “Yoga for Peace”.
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2019 was “Climate Change”.
- Theme for 2020 Yoga Day is not yet declared by the United Nation or Ministry of Ayush, India.
International Yoga Day 2020
The main National event to commemorate the 6th International Day of Yoga will be held in Leh, capital of Ladakh on June 21, 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leading the event. This was announced by AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik on March 11 during a press meet. But this year because of Epidemic disease Corona this event might be postponed.
History of International Day of Yoga :-
International Day of Yoga is also called World Yoga Day. For the first time it was Celebrated on 21 June 2015. This initiative was taken by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi by giving an impactful speech related to yoga on 27 September 2014 in the (UNGA) United Nations General Assembly and for this reason, on 21 June, it was declared as “International Yoga Day”. The proposal to celebrate the International Yoga Day on 21 June in the United States was approved by 193 members on 11 December 2014.
In the United Nations General Assembly Narendra Modi said Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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 nature. By Changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.
Sam kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly announced to celebrate the International Yoga Day on 21 June and more than 170 countries supported the Yoga Day proposal. From this it came into light that people also know about the benefits of yoga, some of which are visible and some are invisible.
Purpose of International Day of Yoga :-
- Make people aware about the benefits of yoga and connect them with Nature.
- To reduce the rate of health- challenging diseases in the world.
- Spreading growth, development and peace through-out the world.
- Making people aware about physical and mental illness and providing solutions through Yoga.
- It also aims to develop a habit of meditation for peace of mind, self-awareness which is necessary to survive in a stress-free environment.
Benefits of Yoga :-
Yoga is very necessary and beneficial for all human beings. If it is practiced by all on a daily basis in the early morning. The benefits of yoga include-
- Yoga makes both body and mind Healthy.
- Yoga gives strength to the muscles and whole part of the body.
- Yoga not only provides mental peace, but also generates a peaceful environment.
- It is also mandatory to do yoga as our lifestyle is changing day by day. It can also help us to deal with climate change.
- If regular yoga practice is done, then all Health related problems can be overcome.
- Maintain balanced metabolism in the human being.
- Helps in reducing weight and also keeps the cardio system.
- The Respiration process becomes healthy; energy and power are also developed in the body via yoga.
- Yoga helps in reducing health challenging disease all over the world.
- It connects people with each other, helps in practicing meditation and in getting relief from stress.
Some Questions :-
Is Yoga a Hindu worship?
Some believe that several thousand years ago. Yoga was a practice of postures dedicated to Hindu gods. For those who believe that yoga is a form of worship to gods not held in their faith. They think yoga is a method of homage to false idols.
How did Yoga originated in India?
Yoga has been introduced in India since Pre-Vedic times. This has remained a part of the lifestyle of the Indians from the years. Yoga is an important part of Indian culture and civilization in which there are properties of both physical elements of humanity and spiritual uplift. This is the ideal combination of knowledge, karma and devotion. Maharishi Patanjali’s contribution to India is important; he has condified and organized yoga postures or practices in the Yoga Sutras.
Why 21st June is chosen for celebrating International Day of Yoga?
21 June is the day to pay homage to the Sadgurus. This is also the day of the summer solstice. During the June solstice, the North Pole is tilted towards the sun or we can say that when the sun begins to move from North to South. From Yoga’s perspective, this time is the transition period, i.e. a better time for meditation.
At the time of Sankranti or Uttarayan (around 21st June), the Adiyogi (the first Yogi) left towards south, and first he saw the 7 royal sages who further became his first disciples. They propogated the science of yoga in many parts of the world.
It is amazing that 21st June marks this important event in the human history. This date in the Northern Hemisphere is also the longest day of the year and it has special significance in many parts of the world.
When was the first International Day of Yoga Celebrated?
The first International Day of Yoga was Celebrated across the world on June 21,2015. The main national event to commemorate the same was held at Rajpath in New Delhi, which saw participation from over 30,000 people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The first International Day of Yoga had created a world record for the largest yoga class and for the largest number of participating nationalities.
The proposal to establish the day was pushed forward by PM Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014. The date , June 21, was Chosen as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
When did yoga start in India?
The practice of Yoga was started during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. It was first mentioned in Rig Veda, a collection of texts that consisted of rituals, mantras, and songs which was mainly used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests.
Which City is Known as Yoga City?
Rishikesh: Rishikesh, the world Capital of Yoga, has been one of India’s holiest and most spiritual centres for thousands of years.
There are innumerable yoga centres in Rishikesh where people come from all over the world to study in this sacred place. As such, Rishikesh has become Known as the Yoga Capital of the world. An annual International Yoga festival is held by the Uttarakhand Tourism Board from March 1 to through March 7.