International Day of Yoga: Its Beginning
After the successful celebration of first International Day of Yoga, 2015 throughout the world, we are just a few weeks away to celebrate the second International Day of Yoga. Let us take a brief look at how this initiative started last year.
Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi while addressing the 69 session of United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014 urged the world community to adopt an International Day of Yoga. On December 11, 2014, the 193 member United Nations General Assembly approved the proposal by consensus with a record 177 co-sponsoring countries a resolution to establish 21 June as “International Day of Yoga”. In its resolution, the United Nations General Assembly recognised that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga also brings harmony in all walks of life and thus, is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle related disorders.
The Ministry of AYUSH successfully organised 1st International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21 June, 2015 at Rajpath, New Delhi. Two Guinness World Records were made viz. the Largest Yoga Practice involving 35,985 participants on a single platform and maximum number of Nationalities (84) participated in a single yoga event. Apart from India, the International Day of Yoga was celebrated across the globe with enthusiasm, in which millions of participants took part and witnessed the event and spread the message of Yoga.
Yoga being an ancient Indian practice has shown to be beneficial for Health and Well being. Various research studies across the globe proved the potential benefits of Yoga in the prevention and management of various psychosomatic disorders and gaining the attention throughout the world. With its gaining popularity, it is set to positively impact the state of health of people all over the world. Here’s looking forward to witness the celebration of the second International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2016.