International Yoga Day

Since 2015, every year on 21st June Yoga Day has been celebrated, after it gained recognition in 2014, by the United Nations General Assembly. The idea of celebrating Yoda Day internationally and the date of 21st June was suggested by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 27th September 2014, in his speech in United Nations General Assembly.

What is Yoga?

The term ‘yoga’ has been originated in the Sanskrit language, which means ‘union’. That’s what yoga does. It unites the body, mind, and soul. Yoga has its origin in ancient India. Yoga is a form of exercise consisting of various asanas (body postures) and breathing techniques.

The asanas make the body flexible and healthy while the breathing techniques help in the better working of the lungs and the respiratory system. Meditation is also a part of yoga. When all of these are collaborated along with the chants it is said to help in the spiritual awakening of an individual.

Why is Yoga Day Celebrated?

Yoga has its roots in ancient Indian culture. It has mentions in various Indian scriptures and Vedic texts like- Rigveda and Upanishads. India has always been a practitioner of yoga but now yoga has gained international recognition after the idea was proposed by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 27th September 2014. Now yoga is performed and celebrated internationally. 

International Yoga Day is celebrated to mark the importance and benefits of yoga around the world. In the past years, more people have engaged in practicing yoga. On International Yoga Day, different nations celebrate it with major yoga events taking place. People in masses come together to perform yoga.

2021’s Theme for International Yoga Day

This year’s theme for International Yoga Day is- “Yoga for Wellness”. The theme has been aligned with the motive to overcome the current situation of the pandemic. This year Yoga Day is marked amidst the raging pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has not taken a toll on the physical health of the people but also has hampered their mental health to a great extent.

As the pandemic has imposed restrictions over commuting and lockdown been imposed, people have been inside their houses since then. As we all know human beings are ‘social animals’, which means they need social interaction.  But the pandemic has resulted in the inability of people to socialize with each other, and living in isolation has immensely impacted people psychologically. People have become patients of anxiety and depression.

To promote physical as well as mental health, yoga is the best way. Yoga helps in making you physically fit and flexible, as well as promotes mental peace. The pandemic has also sown a seed of fear in the minds of people. This fear has been the root cause of many physical and psychological issues. People are overly stressed as to take precautions and that they might not get infected with the coronavirus. Taking precautions is a must, but overly stressing about it would lead to psychological issues.

Yoga helps in the holistic healing of the body and mind. And to keep oneself calm and healthy it is advised to practice yoga regularly. And this is the approach that has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and resulted in 2021’s theme for International Yoga Day.

Every year events take place on this day where people in masses come along to do yoga. However, this year is not the same because of the pandemic as distancing needs to be followed.