International Yoga Day
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The 8th edition of International Day of Yoga is being celebrated on 21 June. Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads a mass yoga demonstration in Mysore, Karnataka.
Yoga demonstrations are being organized at 75 iconic places across the country.
The theme of 2022 International Day of Yoga is - ‘Yoga for Humanity’.
International Yoga Day has been celebrated every year on 21st June since 2015.
It is celebrated every year to spread awareness about the invaluable benefits of Yoga.
Every year on this day, people gather at a place and perform yoga together.
Yoga is believed to have originated in India thousands of years ago and is also mentioned in ancient mythological books like Rigveda.
History of the day
The concept of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by India’s Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014.
177 member countries of UNGA supported PM Modi's suggestion to celebrate 21 June as International Yoga Day.
On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly announced that 21 June would be observed as International Day of Yoga or World Yoga Day.
Why is June 21 celebrated as Yoga Day
June 21, also known as summer solstice, is the longest day of the year.
On June 21, the sun rises a little early and sets late.
This was the reason that it was decided that International Yoga Day would be celebrated on this day.
What is Yoga?
It is essentially a spiritual discipline based on a very subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body.
It is the art and science of living a healthy life.
The word 'yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yuj', which means 'to join' or 'to unite'.
Significance of Yoga Day
PM Modi during his speech at UNGA said, "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition.
It symbolizes unity of mind and body, thought and action, moderation and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and well-being.
It is not about exercise but about discovering a sense of oneness with oneself, the world and nature.
By changing one's lifestyle and creating consciousness, yoga can help people's well-being.
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