International Yoga Day began in 2014 and it is being celebrated as World Yoga Day on 21 June every year since the year 2015 after the United Nations declaration. This day is the longest day of the year. Yoga is a practice of mind, brain, and body that gives a long life to a human being. There are different styles of yoga, including physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, and relaxation. So, let’s know more about International Yoga Day…
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What Is International Yoga Day?
International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June in countries around the world. The idea of celebrating Yoga Day on 21 June was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of his speeches at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014. While proposing to celebrate Yoga Day on this day, he said that 21st June is the biggest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly, accepting this proposal, announced to celebrate International Yoga Day on 21 June each year. After this announcement of the United Nations, International Yoga Day is being celebrated on 21 June every year from the year 2015.
More than 177 countries supported the International Day of Yoga. This proposal of the Prime Minister was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in less than 90 days which was the first time in the history of the United Nations General Assembly. The Ministry of AYUSH and the Government of India are its nodal agency and together they conduct various programs on International Yoga Day.
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History Of Yoga:
The history of Yoga in India is almost 5000 years old and people have been practicing it since ancient times in the form of mental, physical, and spiritual. Yoga first originated in India, after which it became popular in other countries of the world. In ancient times, people used to meditate here for peace of mind. Yoga originated from Lord Shiva who is also known as Adi Yogi. Lord Shiva is considered the teacher of yogis all over the world.
After this, yoga was popularized with sages and sages and it gained worldwide fame. Today, with the help of Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), Anulom-Vilom, many Yogasanas, and meditation are practiced to keep the body healthy and the brain calm.
What Is The Purpose Of International Yoga Day?
The main purpose of celebrating Yoga Day is to make India’s ancient yoga practice popular among the new generation of youth and to make them aware of the benefits of yoga. It is believed that the daily practice of yoga eliminates physical illnesses and mental stress.
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To Achieve Mental Peace:
Yoga and meditation are to be developed among the youth so that they can become aware and achieve mental peace through yoga and meditation. Meditation plays an important role in relieving stress and yoga keeps the body and mind healthy.
Improves Body’s Functions:
Yoga improves the body’s functions by increasing oxygen and blood flow to the internal organs of the body. Due to the proper circulation of blood in all the organs of the body, the chances of diseases related to the heart, lungs, kidney, and other organs are reduced.
To Relieve Stress:
The purpose of Yoga Day is to educate people about yoga so that people can get rid of their stress in a natural way without any medication.
To Unite All People:
The purpose of celebrating International Yoga Day is to end the discrimination between people of different caste, language, religion, and background and bring them on one platform and establish world peace.
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Getting the attention of people towards yoga, informing about the benefits of yoga, connecting people with nature, etc. are the main objectives of Yoga Day.
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