International Yoga Day 2022: Know its history, theme and importance
New Delhi: International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June every year since 2015. Yoga originated in ancient India, and is a set of physical, mental and spiritual practices that involve mindful and controlled breathing and various body movements to rejuvenate the body. Calm down your mind Claiming that yoga provides the way to a sustainable life, the United Nations wrote in praise of the ancient practice, “The essence of yoga is balance – not only balance within the body or between mind and body, but also balance in human relationships.” . with the world. Yoga emphasizes the values of mindfulness, moderation, discipline and perseverance. When applied to communities and societies, yoga provides a path to sustainable living.”
History of International Yoga Day
The idea of having a day mandated by the United Nations to celebrate yoga was mooted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014.
Yoga is a priceless gift of the ancient tradition of India. It symbolizes the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; A holistic approach to health and wellness. It is not about exercise but about discovering a sense of oneness with oneself, the world and nature. By changing your lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help with well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” Modi had said.
This initiative was later supported by 177 countries, due to which June 21 was declared as ‘International Day of Yoga’.
The theme of this year’s International Day of Yoga is ‘Yoga for Humanity’. This is because the exercise form is helpful in developing strength and flexibility. Yoga helps in building psycho-physical health and managing daily stress.
Yoga promotes overall well-being and can be practiced by anyone as it does not require an expensive gym machine. The exercise form helped people especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People across the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and refreshed and to fight social isolation and depression during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing an important role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. This is particularly helpful in allaying their fear and anxiety,” writes the United Nations.