“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” -Bhagavad Gita. Yoga’s origin can be traced back over 5,000 years ago. Yoga is not just a form of exercise, it is an art that unites body and mind. Global pandemic Covid- 19 has affected the health and the mind. Yoga comes as a rescue for few minutes from all negativity. Every year international yoga day is celebrated on 21 June with different themes. Let us explore the significance, importance, and this year’s theme of international yoga day.
What is Yoga?
As per the Oxford dictionary, Yoga is “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.” The word “yoga” derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means “to join” or “to unite”. It is the union of “Atma” (Individual Consciousness) and “Paramatma” (Universal Consciousness) which indicates a perfect harmony between the mind, body, man, nature, and the universe.
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Origin of the International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of June. This custom began in 2015. We are so proud to say that this internationally celebrated day was initiated by our very own current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi On 27 September 2017 While he was delivering his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
“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 nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” – Narendra Modi (UNGA)
After the initial proposal by PM Narendra Modi, UNGA held consultations informally on the draft resolution namely, ‘International Yoga Day, on October 14, 2014. The consultations were mustered by the delegation of India. In the year of 2015, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a 10 rupees coin to mark the international day of yoga. After this initiative, in April 2017, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued 10 stamps on the Asanas on a sheet to mark this day.
“Yoga is not only about ‘Rog Mukti’ (Eradication of diseases) but also ‘Bhog Mukti’ (desisting from worldly greed).” – Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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International Yoga Day 2021 Theme
This year will be the 7th edition of international yoga day. The theme of this year’s International Day of Yoga 2021 is “Yoga for well-being”. 6th International Day of Yoga, 2020, the theme was ‘Yoga for Health-Yoga at Home’. This theme is basically due to the Pandemic.
The theme of the 5th International Day of Yoga, 2019 was “Climate Action”. In the United Nations, it will be basically celebrated a day before that is on 20 June 2019 with ‘Yoga with Gurus’ and followed by a panel of discussion on 21 June.
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2018 was “Yoga for Peace”
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2017 was “Yoga For Health”
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2016 was “Connect the Youth”
- The theme of International Day of Yoga 2015 was “Yoga For Harmony And Peace”
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Significance of Yoga in Our Lives
Do you also have anxiety and stress but no idea how to manage it? Practicing yoga regularly keeps you physically and mentally fit. It initiates the union of mental and physical fitness and helps us achieve a peaceful lifestyle. A human is a physical, mental, and spiritual being. Yoga helps us to create balance among the three components. Check out more benefits of yoga for the human body:
- Yoga develops physical health and mental health
- Yoga will help you to reduce stress and anxiety
- Yoga is a great way to increase your spiritual health and social health
- It improves your heart health, respiratory health
- Yoga will also prevent various kinds of diseases
- Yoga promotes mental self-healing process
- Yoga boosts immunity and metabolism
- Yoga aids in the weight loss journey
- Yoga increases flexibility and muscle strength.
- Yoga helps in reducing hypertension
“Yoga is not about what one can get out of it. It is rather about what one can give up, what one can get rid of” – PMNarendra Modi
Celebration Amidst the Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, it has become impossible for people to gather and celebrate the day. However, also by staying a small initiative could be taken with the family members and do some asanas together. It will not only give you good health but one can share happiness with family in these difficult times. Doing yoga daily helps us to fight the virus, as it will improve immunity and gives up mental peace. Many countries are organizing virtual yoga days to mark the importance of this day.
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10 Quotes for International Yoga Day
The pose begins when you want to leave it
Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within
Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees
When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga
Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists
The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most
We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds
Meditation brings wisdom, lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom
Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame
Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible
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