Every year it is on the 21st of June the world celebrates International Yoga Day, a day when people all around the world are all set to take out their yoga mats and start exercising. International Yoga Day celebrates the physical and spiritual expertise that yoga has brought to the international stage. While it is just on the 21st of June that the International Yoga is celebrated, for many it has already been a routine to practice it on a daily basis.
History Of International Yoga Day
Though for millions around the world Yoga has become a daily routine, very few know its actual background of it. Yoga is considered to be an ancient practice the origin of which can be tracked 5,000 years back in India. Yoga was developed so that it can help an individual to interconnect ones mind, body, and soul in order one can step closer to enlightenment. Today Yoga is not just being practiced here in India but has also been recognized and practiced at the international level.
It was back in the year 2014, on the 24th of September, the idea of having International Yoga Day was put forward by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, where a resolution was put forward by the Indian Ambassador, Shri Asoke Kumar Mukerji, to introduce June 21st as the International Yoga Day.
It was on the 11th of December 2014, recognizing its universal appeal, that the UN declared 21st June as International Yoga Day.
Apparently, yoga is being practiced globally and its popularity is still growing.
How Yoga Is Beneficial?
On the occasion of the 8th International Yoga Day, let’s have a look at the benefits one can gain from yoga,
1. Yoga improves strength, balance, and flexibility.
2. Yoga helps with back pain relief.
3. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.
4. Yoga benefits heart health.
5. Yoga relaxes you, to helps you sleep better.
6. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.
7. Yoga helps you to manage stress.
8. Yoga promotes better self-care.
Why Just 21st June?
Also recognized as the Summer Solstice, 21st June is the longest day in the entire year. Therefore, for this reason, it was decided to have International Yoga Day on this day of the year.
Theme Of International Yoga Day 2022
This year the theme for the International Yoga Day has been decided as Yoga For Humanity.
Yoga Day In Goa 2022
Goa is a beautiful spot where one can definitely think of performing yoga on this International Yoga Day and revitalizing your mental and physical state. The state is blessed with several serene and quiet spots in the southern part of the state, where one can perform yoga and meditation for the balance of their mind and body.
As we celebrated 75 glorious years of Indian Independence, and as a part of the ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration, it was decided that this year International Yoga Day will be hosted in 75 different iconic places in the entire country, which includes the Churches and Convents of Old Goa and the Aguada Fort Museum, Sinquerim. The celebration will also take place in other parts of the state. However, the main function was held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium.
The main motive for celebrating International Yoga Day at 75 different cultural sites in the country is to showcase the rich cultural heritage and diversity of India to the world.
As many as 400 students and their teachers participated in the state-level function. This year the celebration was held jointly by the health services, education department, and the department of sports and youth affairs.
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