The World Yoga Day is celebrated every year on 21 June each year. It is a day when people from all over the world come together to practice yoga. In its most basic form, yoga is an ancient physical, mental and emotional practice that originated in ancient India. Through time and with much experience, yoga has come to include practices that are used for healing, weight loss, stress management, and more. The purpose of yoga is to bring people together to embrace their own self-dignity, to realize their inner potential, and to promote unity within the community.
The global focus of the World Yoga Day is to celebrate the spirit of unity. Each year, the organizers of the Yoga Day event work to celebrate this spirit by inviting people from all over the world to join in yoga meditation and exercise. This is done through the utilization of meditation and an eclectic selection of exercises. The theme of this year’s event is” Climate Action and Meditation”, with activities focusing on the environment, unity, and consciousness.
Why only 21st June as World Yoga Day?
To raise awareness about yoga’s importance for health, a designated day was established. Yoga is a Sanskrit term that refers to the unification of consciousness and body.
The International Day for Yoga is celebrated annually on June 21st to honor the ancient Indian art and practice of healthy living. Yoga, which is translated from Sanskrit as “unity”, means that it aims to bring harmony to the body and mind.
After its creation at the United Nations General Assembly, the first International Day of Yoga took place on June 21, 2015.
This date was selected at the suggestion of Narendra Modi (Indian Prime Minister), who suggested June 21 as the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a day that is culturally significant in many parts of the globe.
In September 2014, Indian PM Modi spoke out in support of Yoga and called it an “invaluable gift” of India’s ancient tradition.
What makes Yoga so special?
Yoga is not just a form or exercise, but it has also been recognized as a spiritual and mental practice.
According to the earliest estimates, Yoga was practiced in prevedic India as far back as 3000 BCE. It is also mentioned in ancient texts such as the Rigveda and the Upanishads.
Yoga was first introduced to the West in the 20th century. It received widespread recognition for its holistic approach to mental and physical well-being.
Global Environmental Day is another theme that is featured at the World Yoga Day. This theme acknowledges the need to take immediate and effective action in order to protect our environment. Organizers of the event to encourage people worldwide to practice yoga in order to protect our planet, and by extension, our families, friends, and the global community. Themes of the world yoga day include “recovering”, “greening”, and “conserving”.
Key events of World Yoga Day
Throughout the world, yoga teachers and students will be invited to participate in special yoga training workshops in which they can learn about the history of the concept of yoga, and how it relates to climate change and its relationship with environmental sustainability. The world yoga day includes workshops and discussions focusing on the environment, sustainability, and consciousness. At these workshops, yoga teachers will be introduced to new concepts and ideas such as “ying” – a method for connecting one’s body, mind, and environment in order to create balance and maintain that balance in every area of life. The concept of ying, however, is not limited to the environmental concerns of yoga teachers.
The third main theme of the world yoga day is “Consciousness and Renewal”. It acknowledges that our culture is often unaware of its own capacity to destroy the world. Through the concept of “Consciousness and Renewal”, yoga teachers can share with their students the importance of preserving the earth for future generations. They will be presented with information regarding various movements that have been developed in order to improve our culture and lifestyles. The themes of this particular year’s event to focus on issues that are related to consciousness and renewal, such as: recycling, composting, organic farming, sustainable architecture, and “going green”.
There are several different events that take place in India throughout the year. This past September, the first ever World Yoga Day took place. Various world leaders, yoga teachers from all over the world, and celebrities were able to come together to celebrate the spirit of the event. The prime minister of the country addressed the gathering, which featured representatives from various Indian states and other countries. The prime minster discussed the issue of global warming while also emphasized the importance of preserving India’s natural environment.
On the second day of September, the prime minister was present at a seminar organized by the World Health Organization. He spoke about his desire to see India leading the world in the field of mental wellness. He mentioned that he believed that the prime minister’s goal would succeed, which was to make this year’s World Yoga Day the first ever World Mental Wellness Day. Various other world leaders were also present at the seminar, which was organized by Dr. K.R. Subbaray of Hyderabad. The prime minister was greeted warmly by several representatives of various countries, including: K.R. Pillai, S. M. Krishna, Ravi Naik, Dr. Babu Swarup, Dr. Prem Chopra, and Dr. Y.V. Ramakrishna Anand.
The next major event that occurred on the auspicious occasion of World Yoga Day was the bidding of an incredible prize. The amount for which the prize was offered was astronomical and was only purchased by the Indian government. The winning bidder was from Sri Lanka, and the reason for this was the government’s aim to help those people who suffered from severe poverty as a result of being forced to work in hazardous conditions. The Sri Lankan government did not only intend to make the victims better, but they also wanted to help themselves, by giving up something so much sought after: the rarest and most expensive gemstone, the diamond. The bidding for the diamond did not go beyond the expected price of the stone, and this is just one example of how well yoga can serve society and the common man.