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International Yoga Day on June 21

Date: 22 June 2021 Tags: Days & Dates

Issue

The International Yoga Day was celebrated globally on June 21. This is the 7th annual celebration of the day since UN officially adopted it.

 

Background

The theme introduced by UN for this year was “Yoga for well-being”. It tries to achieve holistic health of every individual through this day.

 

Details

  • Yoga has always been considered as India’s gift to the global health culture. The final push for recognition came after PM Modi urged the body to recognise it in 2014.

  • A resolution was passed by the UN General Assembly’s 69th session that proclaimed June 21 as the International Day for Yoga.

  • The first Yoga Day was celebrated at the Rajpath in 2015 when a record was created by PM Modi and other dignitaries.

  • A total of 35,985 people performed yoga during that session, making it the world’s largest yoga session in the world.

  • The number of foreign dignitaries was from 84 countries. This was also a record in itself during the inaugural session.

 

Yoga

  • Yoga is a Sanskrit word that signifies a union between body and soul. It is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual exercise that strives to achieve wellness.

  • Various forms of yoga sadhanas include Yama, Niyama, ?sana, Praty?h?ra, Dh?ra??, Sam?dhi, Dhy?na, ?a?karmas, Bandh?s, Mudr?s, Pr???y?ma,Yukt?h?ra, Mantra-japa,Yukta-karma.