Why is International Yoga Day Celebrated?

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Yoga is Important
Yoga is Important

Why is International Yoga Day  Celebrated? 

Yoga not only brings harmony between mind and body but it is a way to a healthy lifestyle. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ means ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’ and it is a practice to bring harmony between mind and body. According to Yogic sacred writings yoga helps in promoting the association of individual awareness between the psyche and body. 

In the time of global pandemic Yoga has been a source to bring positivity and calmness. It not only impacts our physical well being but also mental and spiritual well being. India’s ancient science of Yoga is getting recognition around the world. Everyday on 21 June, International Yoga Day is celebrated.  

Why do we celebrate International Yoga Day

Every year on June 21, International Yoga Day is celebrated to raise awareness worldwide about the importance and impact of yoga on the health of people. The practice of Yoga dates back to pre-vedic India. It is an ancient form of physical, mental and spiritual exercise which helps achieve mental and physical wellbeing.

The proposal of International Yoga Day was first put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly. The resolution to establish June 21 as International Yoga Day was introduced by India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji in the UN assembly and 177 member states of UNGA endorsed the suggestion to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day.

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International Yoga Day: 2021 theme

This year due to the pandemic International Yoga Day is being observed at home through digital media all over the world. The theme for International Yoga Day is “Yoga for well-being” and focuses on  how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people physically as well as mentally, and Yoga can play a major role in keeping an individual’s mental and physical health on track. 

On the occasion of International  Yoga Day,  PM Modi announced that India, along with the United Nations and WHO, is launching an app called M-Yoga aiming to provide easy access to Yogic practice all over the world. While addressing an event marking the seventh International Yoga Day on Monday morning, PM said, “Today, when the whole world is combating the coronavirus disease pandemic, yoga remains a ray of hope.”

Yoga is a way of healthy lifestyle and a great step towards your inner peace and harmony. Today many celebrities, public figures and common people are promoting about the heritage of India. Across the world many virtual events are being organised and the world is taking steps to move towards a healthy lifestyle.