International Day of Yoga is celebrated world wide on 21st June since 2015. This year, the 8th edition of the International Day of Yoga will be observed. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
India is celebrating Yoga Day:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Mysuru Palace Ground where he performing Yoga, along with others on the eighth International Yoga Day. India is celebrating Yoga Day in the physical mode after a gap of two years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Modi is joined by 15,000 participants in the event.
International Yoga Day 2022: Theme
International Yoga Day 2022 will be celebrated on 21 June 2022 with the theme ‘Yoga for Humanity’ across the world with great enthusiasm. As the pandemic COVID-19 continued this year also, yoga is helping people to stay energetic and have strong immune system.
What is Yoga and why do we celebrate it?
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
The significance of Yoga Day can be seen in the light of spreading awareness on the issue of mental and physical well-being. The International day of yoga also aims to inculcate a habit of meditation for the peace of mind and the self-awareness which is necessary to survive in a stress-free environment.
International Yoga Day: History
The United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2014 at the initiative of India with the support of 177 countries. The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27th September 2014.