“Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an Indian expert of Yoga
The word ‘yoga‘ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj‘ meaning the union of the individual consciousness or soul with the universal consciousness, popularly known as one’s spirit. Yoga is a 5000-year old Indian practice, which is now followed all over the world.
Though the majority of us hold myths about yoga and have pre-conceived notions wherein we think that yoga is just as a physical exercise where one stretches, twists, turns, and breathes in the most complex ways possible!
But this is not completely true. Yoga is so much more than this! Yoga holds an infinite potential to calm the human mind and help attain peace. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
The inception of Yoga Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. In this address, he mentioned about the benefits of yoga. Due to his intervention, United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY). The UN announced this on December 11, 2014.
How Nepal supported India
Former Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala first supported Modi’s unique proposal. Then, more than 177 countries supported International Day of Yoga. About 175 countries co-sponsored the resolution, which was the highest number of co-sponsors the United National General Assembly had.
India making its mark
Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India, is the nodal agency that coordinates different activities related to International Yoga Day.
The world is observing..
The iconic Tower Bridge in London where you can see people practising Yoga ahead of International Yoga Day.