International Yoga Day : 21st June

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India and the whole world are celebrating the International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day annually on 21st June since its inception. The idea to celebrate 21 June as the International Day of Yoga was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 September 2014 during his address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Following this, the UNGA on 11 December 2014 adopted the resolution to commemorate 21 June as the International Day of Yoga every year. So in the year 2015, the day has been observed by all 193 United Nation Member States. The theme for 2016 International Day of Yoga is “Connect the Youth”. This is the second edition of the International Day of Yoga.
This resolution was adopted under the agenda of ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy’. 21st June was selected because it represents summer solstice (one of the two solstices) and it is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere which has special significance in many parts of the world. The yoga session at the UN on the occasion of the second International Yoga Day led by Spiritual leader and Isha Foundation founder, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev from the side of India. He led the yoga session at the UN Headquarter.
About the International Day of Yoga LOGO :-
Folding of both hands in the logo Symbolise Yoga, the union, which reflects the union of individual Consciousness with that of universal Consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind & body, man & nature- a holistic approach to health & well being. The brown leaves symbolize the Earth element, the green leaves symbolize the Nature, blue symbolizes the Water element, brightness symbolizes the Fire element and the Sun symbolize the source of energy and inspiration. The logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of Yoga.
So the question arise what is Yoga? Why is it needed?
Yoga is a physical, mental or spiritual practice attributed mostly to India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from the Sanskrit language which means to unite or to join, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Maharishi Patanjali is considered as the ‘father of Yoga’. He had compiled 195 Yoga Sutras which had become the foundation of Yoga philosophy. The commentary on these sutras is called Bhasya and the core essence of Patanjali’s yoga philosophy is the eightfold path of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga) that focusses upon healthy living through Yoga. It has been attributed that Yoga balances body and soul, mental and physical well-being. It promotes harmony among people and between ourselves and the natural world.
Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action. It’s a holistic approach that is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise, it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress.
As an exercise, yoga has multiple benefits. Physical inactivity is linked with a number of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, which are among the leading causes of illness and death worldwide. By improving fitness, teaching us how to breathe correctly, and working to diminish stress, yoga can help to cultivate healthier lifestyles. Practicing yoga can also help raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbors. All these elements are essential to building a sustainable future of dignity and opportunity for all.
In India, the Union Government organized the event titled ‘The National Event of Mass Yoga Demonstration’ at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he also performed yoga. Mr. Modi, dressed in a white-coloured t-shirt and trouser, led over 30,000 participants, including defence forces personnel and school children, for the International Day of Yoga celebrations at the Capitol Complex amid tight security. The Capitol complex was divided into 8 blocks where 500 master trainers along with their team members performed asanas. For the main event, the emphasis this year was on the participation of ‘Divyangs’, a term coined by Prime Minister Modi for the differently—abled. About 150 Divyangs were assisted in performing yoga ‘asanas’ at the Capitol Complex. Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is also Union Territory Chandigarh’s Administrator, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among those present at the event.
To mark this day, the Union Government has introduced International Yoga Award Scheme. This award will be introduced with an aim to promote yoga. At present, the AYUSH ministry is working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017. Apart from this scheme the Home Ministry has also proposed instituting ‘yoga medals’ for central paramilitary troops for displaying exceptional skills in the discipline
The Union Ministry of AYUSH Ministry has also released a Yog Geet (Yoga song) for celebrating this International Yoga Day. The Yoga song was selected from the 1,000 entries were received through a national-level competition organized by the AYUSH Ministry. It is the three-minute-15-seconds song in Hindi short-listed based on the better lyrics. It has been produced and written by Dheeraj Saraswat. Music Director of the song was Sumanto Ray. It has been voiced by Gandhar T. D. Jadhav and Ms. Gatha Jadhav. The song also has backup vocals of Santosh Kshatriya and Sumanto Ray.
So guys, on this International Day of Yoga, I urge everyone to take a momentum and do the yoga for your better life. It will not only help you to lower’s stress and improves your mood but also will help to boosts confidence, lowers the risk of injury, helps you lose weight, and lowers blood pressure etc. So guys, no matter where you are in the world. It’s the International Day of Yoga today so it’s the  perfect time to do yoga and play a big part in helping to promote global health all around. Let us celebrate this Day – and every day – as members of one human family sharing one common, precious home.

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