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Do you know why International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 ?

International Yoga Day

Yoga is widely practiced worldwide for its profound benefits to both mental and physical health, enriching personal and social lives alike. Celebrated annually on June 21, the International Day of Yoga underscores its significance in maintaining human well-being.

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This global observance aims to raise awareness about the holistic advantages of yoga, which encompass physical fitness, mental clarity, and spiritual growth. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuja’, meaning union, yoga symbolizes the harmonious integration of body and mind.

Rooted deeply in Indian culture since ancient times, yoga finds mention in revered texts like the Vedas and Upanishads. Lord Shankara, revered as the first yogi, exemplifies its timeless practice through yogasanas. Over time, India’s yoga heritage has transcended borders, earning recognition globally and establishing India as a leader in promoting yoga.

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Why was the date of June 21 fixed?
The initiative to declare June 21 as the International Day of Yoga gained momentum in 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea at the United Nations General Assembly. Endorsed by 177 countries, the United Nations officially designated June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, aligning with the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, symbolizing a period conducive to yoga and spirituality.

International Yoga Day 2024 theme
In 2024, under the theme “Yoga for Self and Society,” International Yoga Day highlights how yoga enhances personal well-being and contributes to societal progress. Prime Minister Modi himself participated in yoga activities today at Dal Lake in Kashmir, emphasizing its inclusive benefits for individuals and communities alike.

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