International Yoga Day: Origin, Objective & Secret Behind June 21

Yoga emphasizes an individual’s physical and mental evolution. Along with enhancing one’s thought process, mindset, and spiritual values; Yoga also helps in raising the standard of living of the practitioner. The yoga classes in Jaipur at ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’ are trying to inculcate the values of being physically and mentally stable by making its students practice various asanas of yoga which help in removing various diseases. India’s dignity is being enhanced and reached to heights after the UN general assembly approved 21 June as the ‘International Day of yoga’.

As international yoga day is approaching, there is a need to gather information regarding a few things that people might not know about International day of yoga. This yoga center in Jaipur – ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’ is here to present details about the origin, objectives, and the secret behind International Day of yoga.

Origin Of International Day Of Yoga

The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit which means to join or to unite. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It encapsulates the unity of mind and body; thought and action; harmony between man and nature; and is a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is practiced in various forms all around the world. International Day of Yoga is been celebrated worldwide on 21st June every year since 2015, to spread awareness about the benefits and effects of yoga on the health of the people. The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, announced that June 21 will be observed as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day. Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual practice that induce calmness, peace, confidence, and courage in people through which they can do various activities in a joyful way.

Let us investigate why International Day of Yoga is celebrated, its history and objectives along with ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’.

For the very first time International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21 June 2015. This initiative was taken by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi by delivering an impressive and stimulating speech showing the need and effectiveness of yoga on 27 September 2014 in the United Nations General Assembly and on this ground, 21 June, was declared as “International Yoga Day”. This suggestion or proposal to celebrate the International Yoga Day on 21 June in the United States was approved by 193 members of UN on 11 December 2014.

In the UN General Assembly the major points of the speech delivered by Narendra Modi were “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”.

The President of UN General Assembly, announced to observe and celebrate the International Yoga Day on June 21 and more than 170 countries supported this proposal of the Yoga Day.

What Are The Objectives Of International Day Of Yoga?

  • This Yoga day helps in making people aware about the benefits of yoga and connect them with nature.
  • The international yoga day helps in reducing the rate of health challenging diseases in the world.
  • This day also aims in developing spiritual awareness among the people.
  • By celebrating yoga day, it means Spreading growth, development and peace throughout the world.
  • Yoga helps in creating awareness among people about physical and mental illnesses and providing solutions through yoga.
  • It also aims to develop a habit of meditation for peace of mind, self-awareness which is necessary to survive in a stress-free environment.

Why June 21 Is Being Chosen As International Day Of Yoga?

It is astonishing that 21st June marks this important event in the Indian history. International Yoga Day is more focused on the climate change as the climate change is undoubtedly the biggest bane that faces our generation. Aware residents of society are invariably attempting to innovating, debating and implementing new and more effective ways to decrease the negative impact the human population has had on the environment. June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere is also the longest day of the year. Also along with geographical point of view, June 21 is the day of the Summer Solstice when the tilt of earth’s axis in the northern hemisphere is most inclined toward the sun as it orbits. It is considered the longest day of the year as the sun rises early and setting late for the northern hemisphere. Also, this summer solstice is considered as an important day in Indian mythology as it marks an event that is assumed to be the start of Yogic science.

When people saw the Adi yogi, they gathered to him for the enlightenment but left as he stayed unaware of their presence. Whereas, seven people stayed adamant to learn from him but he refused to claim that a lot of preparation was to be done. The seven people then sat determined through 84 years of sadhana, after which Shiva noticed of them as the sun was shifting from the northern to southern run which was the day of the Summer Solstice. It is believed that he could no longer ignore them as they were overwhelmed with knowledge. When the next full moon arose 28 days later, Adi yogi transformed himself into Adi Guru and started teaching the ways of the yogic science to his disciples.

From here you must have known the reason that why Yoga is celebrated on June 21, every year. Therefore, take a pledge at this particular moment of the year and celebrate Yoga on the international Yoga Day with the yoga classes in Jaipur at ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’. To inculcate yoga in the daily routine of every person, this yoga center – ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’ is celebrating the International day of Yoga in jaipur.

Theme Of International Yoga Day 2019

The theme for International Yoga Day 2019 is Climate Action and it will be celebrated at the United Nations on June 20 with “Yoga with Gurus,” followed by a panel discussion on 21 June. According to the UN general assembly, Yoga “continues to grow in popularity” across the world with the help of this International Yoga Day 2019.

The yoga center in Jaipur – ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’ is profoundly celebrating the International Day of Yoga 2019 all along with its students and teachers and practitioners throughout the city. Let’s take a pledge that we all should gather and practice yoga along ‘LIVE WITH YOGA’ classes in Jaipur.

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