“You cannot control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” Mr Yoga

International Yoga Day, which is also known as ‘Yoga Day’, is observed on June 21 every year, to mark the significance of Yoga and how beneficial it is for good health. Yoga, which originated in India, is a physical, spiritual, and mental practice. People from across the globe practice it to achieve good physical and intellectual health.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed to celebrate 21 June as International Yoga Day during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014. This year we will be celebrating the sixth International Yoga Day.

The Prime Minister in his speech said that “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and wellbeing”. 

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with you, the world, and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”, said PM Narendra Modi.

Right after this, the UNGA held informal conferences on the draft resolution and then decided that the International Yoga Day will be celebrated on 21 June annually. This day was chosen for International Yoga day because it has a special significance in many parts of the world. And also, 21 June is the longest day of the year; in the Northern Hemisphere is another reason for selecting 21 June for this occasion.

The first International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21 June 2015, across the globe with a lot of determination and enthusiasm; especially in India, where about 36,000 people assembled including PM Mode, in a huge event organised in Delhi’s Rajpath. They performed Yoga to spread its awareness.

The Indian Embassy has also started a “My Life My Yoga” video blogging competition. For more details, you can visit the Yoga Portal of the Ministry of AYUSH (https://yoga.ayush.gov.in/yoga/). 

Credits: The official website of the Ministry of AYUSH, Jagran Josh website.

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