International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21st. The aim behind this day is to promote the benefits and awareness of yoga around the globe. Yoga is a physical and mental drill originated in India. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, in his address in United Nations suggested June 21 as International Yoga Day as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Yoga has been proved to be beneficial for those suffering from disease caused because of their lifestyle and fitness disorders. Yoga consists of numerous exercises and yoga asanas help the body, mind and soul to get rid of several disorders and relax us physically and mentally.
The logo of International Yoga Day itself says, “Yoga is for Harmony and Peace”. Every year this Yoga Diwas (Day) is celebrated in India under the support of Ministry of AYUSH.
Significance of Yoga Day
- To minimize the illness and health related sufferings.
- To encourage peace among individuals in family and society.
- To develop good physical and mental health.
- To make people aware of health benefits of Yoga.
- Divert mind into positive aspects.
- To discover the sense of oneness with yourself, world and the nature at large.
- To encourage people to practice yoga by describing its impact on stressful life.
- To understand and promote the role of yoga in managing several ailments like anxiety, diabetes etc.
- To spread awareness among people about the art of meditation i.e. one of the important practice for channelizing positive energies of our body and mind.
- To unite various communities to join together and spend a day which is especially dedicated to think and understand about the importance of their own health and welfare.
- To help people to get free from their individual stress and know the benefits of yoga in maintaining physical and mental health.
- To help people choose between healthy lifestyle and several unhealthy practices / habits.
- To maintain and toughen a global connect with people around the globe.
- To help spread the message of peace, love and togetherness amongst the people of other parts of the world.
- To minimize the severe medical issues faced by people of all age groups.
- To gain people’s interest towards the universal benefits of practicing the art of Yoga.
- To achieve a peaceful mind and soul.
- To explore synchronization between man and nature.
- To make people aware that yoga is a very beneficial mental and physical discipline.
The International Yoga Day symbol itself signifies:
- Folding both hands denotes the union, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a relation between mind and soul, and positive approach to health and wellness.
- Brown leaves denotes the earth, green leaves denotes Nature, blue leaves denotes water, bright colours denotes Fire and Sun denotes the source of energy and inspiration.
- The International Yoga Day logo jointly reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the real crux of Yoga.
According to several people who practice Yoga, yoga is much more than fitness. It is a lot more genuine you and helping everyone to be!