Since 2015 International Yoga day or Yoga day is observed every year on June 21. Yoga is an ancient Physical, Mental and Spiritual practice that originated in India. The word Yoga derives from Sanskrit language (Indian language) and the meaning of yoga is to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga in Indian culture however is more than physical exercise.
According to Indian mythology, the origin of yoga is Lord Shiva who is also called the Adi Yogi (first Yogi) and is known as the teacher to all the yogis in the world. Yoga in India is considered to be around 5000 year old science. In the ancient time Indian people were used of meditation to transform their body and mind.
However, today the need for a nation that practices yoga on a day to day basis was by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi himself the idea to observe June 21 as Yoga day was first proposed by Prime Minster Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 27 September 2014.
On 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21st June as International Yoga Day by resolution 69/131. It is a worldwide event celebrated by the people of all the countries.
June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about only exercise but it is about to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. According to Prime Minister of India “By changing our life style and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change and in bettering our well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”.
Narendra Modi stated the reason for proposing 21st June for International Yoga day during his speech at the very first International Yoga Day Celebrations 21st June is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere while being the shortest day in the southern hemisphere. The day is known as summer solstice and has special significance from the perspective of yoga. Summer solstice is known to mark a transition to Dakshinaya. This transition is considered supportive to yoga practitioners as Dakshinayana is considered as a period of natural support to spiritual practices. Post the summer solstice, the first full moon is known as Guru Poornima. Besides this, it is also believed that Lord Shiva started imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of humanity on this very day. It was the day when he became the Adi Guru (the first yogi) of yoga. From the Upanishads (Indian mythology), comes the idea of yoga to transform human consciousness through contract of body and senses through constant practice. The body is the vehicle for the realization of the Supreme Being. Yoga’s aim is not only to heal body but to purify all three, Mind, body and soul.
It facilitates a connection between ourselves and Mother Nature, taking us closer to our real selves. Emphasizing on the problem that we suffer from in the modern era and how yoga can be a cure all from them. The problems of modern lifestyles are well known. People suffer from stress related ailments, lifestyle related diseases like diabetes and hypertension. We have found ways to control communicable diseases but the burden of disease is shifting to non-communicable diseases.
Today Yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga is very necessary and beneficial for all human being if it is practiced by all on daily basis in the early morning. International Yoga Day logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of yoga. By practicing yoga you can do your complete development and yoga is the easiest way to do this.
Yoga focuses on your body’s natural tendency towards health and self – healing. By yoga not only you can get physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. In today’s time everyone is too busy so stress is a common problem and because of stress you can face so many problems, including back pain, neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse and an inability to concentrate.
Regular practice of yoga creates mental clarity and calmness, increase body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens concentration, increase stamina. Yoga is a great way or tool for staying healthy.