Yoga is a physical and mental exercise that has become popular in recent years as a form of posture-based physical activity that promotes better control of the mind and body and improves well-being. Practicing yoga every day can have a positive impact on your life. Gather physical and spiritual discipline to achieve a peaceful mind and body. Also, it helps control stress and anxiety and relaxes you.
International Yoga Day, celebrated on June 21, marks the physical and spiritual power that yoga has brought to the world stage. It is an essential source of exercise and healthy activity, but millions of people participate and practice it daily. For many, these routines are a way to connect the body, mind, and soul in a way that has been around for centuries.
International Yoga Day is a relatively new holiday, so there is no old tradition. However, yoga itself is an ancient art that refreshes the mind and calms the soul. Yoga day aims to encourage new people to adopt the yogi lifestyle and harmonize with their inner chakras. On International Yoga Day, beginners join yoga and create their flow of movement with their favorite relaxing music. Before you start practicing yoga, buy a new yoga mat and pants. If you are already good at yoga, try new combinations and introduce them to your friends.
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History of International Yoga Day
On International Yoga Day, people worldwide are ready to get out their yoga mats and start exercising, but you may not know that yoga dates back centuries.
Yoga is believed to be an ancient practice that began in India 5000 years ago. Yoga was developed to connect the mind, body, and soul and bring us closer to enlightenment. As this practice becomes more widespread in the West, it aims to become a popular method of exercise and relaxation, helping with overall physical health and alleviating physical injuries and chronic pain.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi first proposed International Yoga Day during a speech at the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. There, Indian Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji introduced a resolution to establish the 21st of June as International Yoga Day.
During his speech, Prime Minister Modi explained that it embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action, moderation, realization, the harmony between man and nature, the general approach to health and well-being. He also described how it helps to change our lifestyle, creating conscience, happiness.
The resolution mentions “the importance of individuals and groups making healthier choices and following health-promoting lifestyle patterns. In this regard, the World Health Organization has also informed the Member States about lack of physical activity, which one of the ten leading causes of death globally and an important risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
But yoga goes beyond physical activity. As one of its most famous practitioners, the late BKS Iyengar said;
Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions
The reason for celebrating International Yoga Day on 21st of June is the summer solstice on June 21 has a special meaning from a yoga perspective. The practice of yoga can be traced back to Lord Shiva, also known as the Adi Guru, the leading figure of all yogis in the world. It is believed that it was the summer solstice when Lord Shiva began to transmit his knowledge of yoga to the world and became a huge yoga addict. After the summer solstice first full moon day is Guru Purnima.
Before the Vedas, yoga was said to have been part of the Indian lifestyle. Maharishi Pat Anjali codified and organized yoga poses and practices at Yoga Sutras.
In 1893, Swami Vivekananda introduced yoga to the West in a speech to the World Religions for Peace in Chicago.
1st International Yoga Day Celebration
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On June 21, 2015, nearly 36,000 people belonging to 84 nationalities, including Prime Minister Modi and many prominent politicians worldwide, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes on the first International Yoga Day in New Delhi. And International Yoga Day has been celebrated around the world ever since.
This was the first International Yoga Day, so it was worth celebrating on a grand scale. The possibility of declaring this practice as the intangible cultural heritage of India was further considered.
Since this important celebration coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Cuban Yoga Association (ACY), the Embassy of India in Havana had planned a comprehensive program with the support of ACY. The activity was extended to the different states of the island and included lessons, lectures, workshops, and public exhibitions of practice.
On 1st International Yoga Day, Havana had hosted a two-day program at CSO Abreu Fontán on June 20 and 21. It was interesting not only for practitioners but for anyone who wanted to learn about this practice and its benefits. Some activities included yoga lessons and workshops, which could be beneficial in a wide range of ways.
Why Celebrate the International Yoga Day
Yoga, practiced in India since the 5th century, has helped keep the mind and body healthy. With a holistic approach, yoga covers all the different systems of the body and mind. Asanas are said to make the body stronger and more flexible as health increases. Your mind will update with confidence. The practice of pranayama regulates the cleansing of the internal systems and organs and acts as an excellent and competent complement to the asanas. Through these physical practices, the energy generated in the body is directed to meditation or Dhyan for stability, peace, and calm.
How to Celebrate the International Yoga Day
There are no specific guidelines for attending an International Yoga Day event however, anyone loves to Yoga can register follow below 3 small steps to celebrate the day.
- Bring Your Tree Pose to Nature
By practicing outdoors, you can breathe fresh air in your yoga poses. Practice on the beach, at a local park, or even in your backyard. Putting yourself in a new environment can be much more attractive if you focus on new things.
- Do your “om” thing
Create your own flow of movement and discover new combinations of your favorite music. Changes in movement and music can help focus energy and perfectly synchronize breathing with music changes.
- Introduce a friend to the yogi lifestyle
Bringing friends may be the proper motivation you need to update your practice. Not only does their presence inspire you to improve your pose, but you can also score big in free yoga deals for newcomers.
International Yoga Day Logo
Logo: Vivekananda Kendra
The International Yoga Day logo was carefully selected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and represented all the primary elements that make up the basic consciousness of Yoga.
- The logo is engraved on a white background and represents a pair of hands that extend outward from the body and are joined.
- The union of both hands represents the universal consciousness and union of individual consciousness. It symbolizes the ultimate purpose of any yogi, the perfect harmony of body, mind, and soul.
- Beneath the human art form are two pairs of brown and green leaves that symbolize the elements of soil and nature.
- The blue figure symbolizes the water element. The orange halo above the head represents the fire element which is the source of all energy and dominates the highest place.
- Behind the figure is an image of the Earth, symbolizing solidarity and unity, one of the main actors in the Narendra Modi administration.
- The word “yoga for harmony and peace” is engraved below the logo, which is believed to be the essence of yoga.
The logo of International Yoga Day was created by a team of 18 members of Panchtatva Advertising based in New Delhi after selecting through a public contest to increase the participation of all sectors of society. The logo was officially announced by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State in New Delhi.
International Yoga Day 2020
The theme of International Yoga Day 2020 was “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family.”
While social distancing measures taken by countries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic had closed yoga studios and other common spaces by International Yoga day 2020, yoga practitioners were practiced at home and online yoga resources. And it was essential because Yoga is a powerful tool for dealing with the stress of uncertainty and isolation and maintaining physical health.
The United Nations provides yoga resources to staff and others in the wellness section of the Coronavirus Portal to deliver More Active People for a Healthier World. The World Health Organization mentions yoga to improve health in its Global Action Plan on Physical Activity from 2018 to 2030.
When schools were closed, and summer vacation activities were cancelled, parents could find it challenging to keep their children physically active. Yoga is useful. According to UNICEF, children can practice many yoga poses without risk and reap the same benefits as adults. These benefits include increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness, and relaxation.
International Yoga Day 2021
International Yoga Day 2021Theme focuses on encouraging people to stay motivated at home and adopt a healthy lifestyle through exercise and yoga.
You know that the entire world is experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic and that almost all countries impose a certain form of lockdown. In this situation, it is difficult or impossible for people to go outside for exercise or yoga, even if the blockage is relieved in some parts of the world.
Even if the lockdown is eased, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the coronavirus will not spare the world for another few years. In these situations, it is dangerous to go out and participate in group activities. Social distance and a strong immune system are the only available treatments that we must accept.
People are getting fat and desperate at home because it feels like caged animals. Exercise helps us stay optimistic, and yoga helps us explore new ideas to spend time and earn money without going out. Therefore, the venue for this Yoga Day is our home. Thank you for the International Yoga Day 2021 theme, and practice yoga at home until this COVID-19 curse leaves us.
You can follow below ideas in order to celebrate International Yoga Day 2021.
- Get a Yoga class for your family members in your place because we all cannot go outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Watch recommended Yoga Tutorials of expertise.
- Explain the importance of Yogs for your children.
- Study articles on Yoga and share your experience with others.
- Read and Share favourite quotes about Yoga.
- After doing Yoga take a fully shower and light meal
- Publish your International Yoga Day 2021 activities in your social media account by Hastaging as follows.
International Yoga Day 2021 in India/ Yog Divas 2021
On June 21, 2021, International Yoga Day will celebrate in India and other countries. The AYUSH Ministry of the Government of India has also started preparations for the 2021 International Yoga Day program. The ministry will release more information on this soon. The theme and events for International Yoga Day 2021 have yet to be decided. The general public, whether governmental or private, can participate in the celebration of Yoga Day.
However, due to the covid, 19 virus is spreading rapidly in India still government and AYUSH Ministry haven’t decided to conduct or cancel the events of 2021 International Yoga Day.
Prime Minister International Yoga Day Awards 2021
The Government of India has invited the Prime Minister’s application for the Yoga Award for International Yoga Day 2021 for extraordinary work in yoga. From the beginning, the AYUSH Ministry of the Government of India has been interested in your vision of promoting yoga around the world. The main objective of the celebration of International Yoga Day worldwide is to educate people about the benefits of ancient yoga practices and raise awareness of public health and well-being. The AYUSH Ministry of the Government of India is supporting institutions in the field of yoga, unsung heroes and achievers in commemoration of International Yoga Day.
There are two categories of national and international awards. Individuals and groups who have had a significant impact on society by developing and promoting yoga will be honored at the International Yoga Day event. However, candidates who meet specific eligibility requirements must apply to the platform.
Happy Yoga Day
Yoga is available to everyone, for people of all ages, religions, nationalities, and social backgrounds to celebrate! There are many different types of yoga practice so that anyone can get started. Size and fitness level are irrelevant – there are changes to all yoga poses and beginner classes for all styles.
Life can be stressful from time to time, which can harm our bodies. Do you have back or neck pain, trouble sleeping, or headaches? Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity, calm and relieves chronic stress. That is, it helps all of the above.
This is natural, Yoga strengthens and stabilizes the spine and relieves back pain, stress, anxiety, and tension. Lose weight, maintain a balanced metabolism, and increase flexibility. However these are just a few of the many advantages.
International Yoga Day Quotes
You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state – Sharon Gannon
A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people o pose for themselves – Terri Guillemets
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame – B.K.S. Iyengar
Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious – David Williams
Yoga is really trying to liberate us from… shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing – I think the health of your mind depends on your being able to love your body – Rodney Yee