Prime Minister Narendra Modi
led a mega event in Jharkhand capital Ranchi to celebrate the fifth edition of International Yoga Day
. The Prime Minister said the government has been working to make yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare and wellness. Expressing concern that the youth was increasingly becoming vulnerable to heart ailments, the PM said, Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year’s theme is ‘Yoga for Heart’
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Initiated with a proposition by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
, June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day
by the United Nations on Dec. 11, 2014. The aim of worldwide recognition was to primarily raise awareness on the benefits of YOGA.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines, aims to transform the human body and mind. It is a science that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, a greater sense of awareness and higher consciousness. So, Yoga is an ascetic discipline which is practiced for good health and relaxation.
Some people think Yoga is only a physical exercise. No, it’s not true. Yoga is a science, it is a systematic process which gradually dissolve all the illusions of mind so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perceptions. Through this practice one can understand and experience the supreme Truth that God is within us. So we shall have to offer something spiritual to our mind and soul and if we stop giving, it will revolt. This ancient spiritual science offers a calmer, happier and more fulfilled life for a person. It is said in the Bible; “Be still and know that I am God. ” In these few words lies the key to the science of Yoga.
Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
Why 21st June is chosen for celebrating International Day of Yoga?
21 June is the day to pay homage to the Sadgurus
. This is also the day of the summer solstice
. During the June Solstice, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun or we can say that when the sun begins to move from north to south. From Yoga’s perspective, this time is the transition period, i.e. a better time for meditation. At the time of Sankranti or Uttarayan (around 21st June), the Adiyogi (the first yogi) left towards south, and first he saw the 7 royal sages who further became his first disciples. They propagated the science of yoga in many parts of the world. It is amazing that 21st June
marks this important event in human history. This date in the Northern Hemisphere is also the longest day of the year and it has special significance in many parts of the world.
Why International Yoga Day?
Celebrating yoga day all over the world as World Yoga Day or International Day of Yoga on 21st of June every year was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 11th of December 2014. The declaration was done after the call by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly on 27th of September in