India has made significant contributions to the world in various fields and one contribution that tops the list is Yoga, teaching world a way of healthy lifestyle. 21st June is observed as International Day of Yoga (IDY) all around the world since 2015. This year, in 2020, the world celebrates the 6th International Yoga Day.
Amid this pandemic, the world is looking for ways to protect themselves and their families, what could be a better option than Yoga to boost your immune system and alleviate your pains. This International Yoga day, let’s dive in the divine practice of yoga and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Worldwide celebrations & importance of Yoga:
- The World Health Organization(WHO) mentions yoga as a means to improve health in its Global action plan on physical activity 2018–2030.
- The United Nations offers yoga resources to its personnel and others on the Coronavirus portal’s section on Wellness.
- UNICEF says kids can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits that adults do. These benefits include increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness and relaxation.
- India’s Ayush ministry planned a huge event at Leh for the International Day of Yoga but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled and a new theme came up “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”
- Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations invites everyone to live online celebrations of the Yoga Day on 19 June 2020, from 3 to 4:30 pm EST to be broadcasted on UN WebTV .
Ministry of AYUSH(MoA) and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) have jointly organized a video blogging contest ‘My Life, My Yoga’. The last date for submission of entries to the contest have been extended beyond 15th June 2020. There are 6 cash prizes for the winners. Know more.
This year many countries are also celebrating Father’s Day on 21st June as it is the 3rd Sunday of this month.
Origin of Yoga Day
21st June was proposed as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world. The first yogi (Adi Yogi), is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day, and became the first guru (Adi Guru).
In 2015 Reserve Bank of India issued a 10 rupees commemorative coin to mark the International Day of Yoga.
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Learn Yoga & its benefits
- Lessen chronic pain such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
- Manage stress – developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life
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