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International Yoga Day 2022: Yoga for Humanity

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jun 21, 2022 7:00 AM

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Yoga day is observed in june 21, is a priceless gift of ancient Indian tradition that helps to boost one’s mental and social well-being. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root Yuj meaning “to join”, “join” or “to unite”, symbolizing the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between human beings and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well-being.

Yoga is more than just asanas. It is a means of unlocking our infinite possibilities and power. It is known for disease prevention, health promotion, and management of many lifestyle disorders. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution (resolution 69/131) declaring 21 June as the International Day of Yoga (IDY).

Many people discovered physical and mental comfort through yoga during the COVID-19 pandemic, when various limits on people's movement were imposed. Yoga, in fact, aids in the development of strength and resilience. Yoga aids in the development of psycho-physiological wellness and the management of daily stress.

International Yoga Day: History

Yoga has been practised for thousands of years, long before belief systems existed. Yoga has also been mentioned in ancient texts such as the Rig Veda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the concept of International Yoga Day during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014.

The draft resolution passed by India was supported by 177 nations. Recognizing 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.

International Yoga Day: Significance

Yoga Day is observed all around the world to highlight the value of yoga and its role in maintaining optimal physical and mental health. Different asanas and pranayama help to relax the mind by calming fears and anxiety. The relevance of Yoga Day should be considered in the context of raising awareness about mental and physical health. The International Day of Yoga also tries to instil a habit of meditation in order 
to achieve mental calm and self-awareness, both of which are essential for surviving in a stress-free environment.

International Yoga Day: Theme

The 8th International Yoga Day 2022 will be celebrated all over the world with the theme ‘Yoga for Humanity’. The theme of the 8th IYD 2022 was announced by PM Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ webinar on 30 May 2022. The ministry has created special programmes for people with disabilities, transgender people, women, and children. The 8th edition of International Yoga Day will also feature a unique programme called 'Guardian Ring,' which will involve participants following the sun's movement, which begins in the east and moves west.

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