Tomorrow, June 21st, will be the 6th time when people around the world will celebrate International Day of Yoga.
Keep reading to learn more about the person who suggested this International day to the United Nations and how it started in 2015. Also, you will read about some of the importances and benefits of practicing yoga on a regular basis.
How Did International Yoga Day Originate?
On September 27th, 2014, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave a speech to the United Nations where he suggested the General Assembly to add an international day for yoga.
The Prime Minister suggested the day June 21st since it is the longest day of the year. As yoga is performed regularly by people that follow Hinduism, there are many religious benefits that was stated by the Prime Minister if the International Day is kept on this particular day.
Then, India’s Permanent Representative, Asoke Mukherji, drafted a resolution to this international day which brought lots of support from global leaders (177 countries).
What Was Narendra Modi’s Statement?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that yoga has no bearing on religion, language and country. The United Nations has adopted the International Yoga Day on June 21st of every year. Accordingly, the first year that the International Yoga Day was celebrated was on June 21st of 2015.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” – Narendra ModiStated On Wikipedia
Today, Prime Minister Modi addressed the people of India as he was in the capital, Delhi, on the occasion of the 6th International Yoga Day.
He explained to the public about the benefits of practicing yoga. The Prime Minister stated how this day is day of unity where he advised people to practice yoga with their family members at home this year.
What Are Some Benefits of Practicing Yoga?
Just like exercising in a gym or going out for a morning jog, practicing yoga as part of your every daily life has many benefits.
Yoga is one of the best ways to eradicate coronation. Doing yoga will boost the body’s immunity and mental stability which will result in positive thoughts. Living in a time of lockdown where many might face mental stress, yoga might be a great way to relieve those internal pressures.
Yoga helps to balance not only physical strength but also the mind. Since the coronavirus is something that you can recover from, performing yoga will improve your immune system which can help you fight the virus.
Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet and is a force for unity which deepens the bond of humanity. It’s a practice that breaks all bonds of discrimination, racism, gender inequality and brings faith and descent.
In the meantime, State Governors, State Chief Ministers, Union Ministers, Army Commanders and many other political party leaders have posted photos of practicing yoga for this occasion of International Yoga Day.
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