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  • Jun 21

UN observes International Day of Yoga

• The United Nations observes International Day of Yoga on June 21. It aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising Yoga.

• Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘Yoga’ derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.

• Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

International Day of Yoga

• The United Nations had proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by adoption of a resolution in December 2014 following an Indian initiative that was supported by a record number of 177 Member States of the United Nations. 

• While addressing the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014, PM Narendra Modi had urged the world community to adopt an international Day of Yoga.

• The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated around the world in 2015.

This year’s theme - “Yoga for Humanity”

• People around the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety.

• The essence of yoga is balance, not just balance within the body or that between the mind and the body, but also balance in the human relationship with the world. Yoga emphasizes the values of mindfulness, moderation, discipline and perseverance. When applied to communities and societies, Yoga offers a path for sustainable living.

• Yoga can be an important instrument in the collective quest of humanity for promoting sustainable lifestyle in harmony with planet Earth. In keeping with this spirit, the theme for this year’s Yoga Day celebrations is “Yoga for Humanity”.

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