Yoga - A Way of Life
The world will celebrate the 8th International Yoga Day this year. International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 every year to spread awareness about the invaluable benefits of Yoga. Practicing yoga might seem like just stretching, but it can do much more for your body than the way you feel, look and move. It even helps you with increasing flexibility, muscle strength and body tone. It improves respiration, energy and vitality.
This year, the theme for International Day of Yoga is “Yoga for Humanity.” This theme was decided considering the importance of yoga and how it benefited the masses in keeping safe and healthy during the outbreak of coronavirus.
Yoga originated thousands of years ago, even before belief systems were born. The word Yoga was also mentioned in ancient literature like the Rig Veda. The idea of International Yoga Day was conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who proposed the concept on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly.
The draft resolution passed by India was supported by 177 nations. Recognising its universal appeal and growing popularity, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga on December 11, 2014. Consequently, the first International Yoga Day was observed on June 21, 2015.