Why Is International Yoga Day Celebrated On June 21?

Yoga has become a trendsetter as a desirable option for maintaining both physical and mental well-being. This ancient Indian practice acclaimed across the world for delivering peace and confidence with its therapeutic effects. The United Nations in 2014 adopted the resolution to observe International Yoga Day (IYD) on June 21 to raise awareness of practising yoga. This year, the International Yoga Day theme will focus on well-being when the pandemic continues to upend people's physical health. Schools and colleges organise a range of special events on International Yoga Day to promote the invaluable benefits of yoga. Let's use the occasion of International Yoga Day 2021 to know its history, theme and significance.

 

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What is Yoga?

Yoga, a Sanskrit word which means "union", i.e., of the mind, spirit and body, has earned special recognition from the United Nations for which it has declared June 21st as World Yoga Day. It received the global stature due to its principles in treatment which are without any side effects. Yoga concentrates on structured movement (Asanas) and breathing exercises (Pranayama), which are its integral parts.

International Yoga Day History

Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested the idea of celebrating International Yoga Day (IYD) on June 21 during his maiden speech at the United Nations (UN) on September 27, 2014. Indian diplomat Asoke Kumar Mukerji campaigned in the UN General Assembly to adopt June 21 as International Yoga Day. With triumphant support from 177 countries, the UN Assembly adopted the resolution in December 2014. The first International Yoga Day observed in 2015.

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International Yoga Day 2021 Theme

YearTheme
International Yoga Day 2021 ThemeYoga for well-being
International Yoga Day 2020 Theme Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home
International Yoga Day 2019 ThemeYoga for Heart
International Yoga Day 2018 Theme Yoga for Peace
International Yoga Day 2017 Theme Yoga for Health
International Yoga Day 2016 Theme Connect the Youth
International Yoga Day 2015 Theme Yoga for Harmony and Peace

International Yoga Day Is Celebrated On June 21, Why?

While addressing the United Nations in September 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the June 21st date to observe International Yoga Day (IYD) because it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The most asked question is "When First International Yoga Day Is Observed In India." The first International Yoga Day aka World Yoga Day was observed on June 21, 2015.

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