21st June: International Yoga Day!

Yoga Day

In the year 2015, the whole world celebrated 21st June as “International Yoga Day” initiated by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. An international day for Yoga is unanimously declared by United Nation General Assembly( UNGA) on 11 December 2014. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June because it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

Yoga: A Mental Exercise

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Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice attributed mostly to India. So, Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the 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 nature.

How It all Started

On 11 December 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States who sponsored the text. But, This was adopted without a vote. This initiative found support from many global leaders. This received a massive response. A total of 177 nations co-sponsored the resolution. It is the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature. Following the adoption of the UN resolution, several leaders of the spiritual movement in India voiced their support for the initiative. Hence, official recognition by the UN would further spread the benefit of yoga to the entire world.

A Mega Start of Yoga Day

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On 21st June 2015, 35,985 people, including Narendra Modi and a large number of dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 yoga aasans (postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi. So, The day devoted to yoga was observed by millions across the world. NCC cadets entered the Limca Book of Records for the “largest yoga performance simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organization” by performing at multiple venues. So, this is a huge day for India. Hence, This day is propagating our traditions and culture throughout the world. Yoga is a way of living life. So, Enjoy this day. Do Yoga!

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