The History & Significance Of International Yoga Day

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, understanding the global appeal and the holistic benefits of yoga, proposed the idea of dedicating a day to this ancient practice.

The Origin of International Yoga Day

The proposal received overwhelming support, with 177 UN member states co-sponsoring the resolution, a record number for any UNGA Resolution. On December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day. The resolution recognized yoga’s role in promoting health, harmony, and peace, both within individuals and in the world at large.

The Origin of International Yoga Day

June 21 for its symbolic significance as the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and a day of importance in many parts of the world.

Why 21 June?

Enhances flexibility, strength, and posture.

The Significance of Yoga

Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.

Promotes mindfulness and concentration.

Fosters a deeper connection with oneself and the world.

Encourages a sense of peace and contentment.

International Yoga Day celebrates the global practice of yoga with different themes each year to highlight its diverse benefits.

Global Celebrations & Themes

In 2023, the theme was "Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (One Earth, One Family, One Future). The 2024 theme, "Yoga for Women," focuses on empowering women through yoga.

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