Surat, a city in Gujarat, India, witnessed a historic event on International Yoga Day as it broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people participating in a yoga session at a single location. With over 1.25 lakh attendees, the event showcased the city’s commitment to promoting health and well-being through yoga.
Yoga’s Global Acceptance
International Yoga Day has garnered widespread support, with more than 176 countries embracing this annual observance. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel acknowledged the teachings of yogacharyas (yoga practitioners) and rishi munis (sages) who have imparted the wisdom of leading a healthy and stress-free life through daily yoga practice. He linked yoga to a powerful remedy, akin to Sanjeevani, particularly during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yoga for Global Unity
This year’s International Yoga Day theme in Gujarat was “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the world is one family), reflecting the essence of yoga as a unifying force. Chief Minister Patel emphasized that yoga’s true meaning lies in establishing connections and fostering a sense of unity among individuals. Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state of Gujarat has actively promoted yoga through initiatives such as the establishment of the Yog Board, providing employment to 5,000 people who offer free training at various locations. The government also plans to launch 21 yoga studios to further promote this ancient practice.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India which has numerous health benefits. Beyond being a physical exercise, yoga encompasses a holistic approach that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. It targets both physical and mental well-being.
By embracing regular yoga practice, individuals can experience increased flexibility, improved strength, and enhanced overall physical fitness. Moreover, yoga promotes mental clarity, reduces stress and nurtures a profound sense of inner calm and well-being.
Important takeaways for competitive exams
- The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated across the world annually on June 21 since 2015.
- Principal Secretary for Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities, Gujarat is Ashwini Kumar.
- The Guinness World Record for the celebration of the International Yoga Day was held by Jaipur City in which 1.09 lakh people did yoga together.