Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India and has become a global phenomenon. Yoga can help you achieve harmony, peace, health and well-being in your life. That’s why the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2014, following the proposal of the Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Why June 21?
June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has a special significance in many cultures and traditions. In Indian calendars, it marks the transition to Dakshinayana, the period when the Sun moves southward. It is also the day when Shiva, the first yogi (Adi Yogi), is said to have imparted the knowledge of yoga to the rest of humanity and became the first guru (Adi Guru).
What is the theme for this year?
The theme for International Yoga Day 2021 is “Yoga for well-being”. This theme reflects the need for holistic health and wellness in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yoga can help us cope with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. It can also boost our immunity, vitality and resilience. Yoga can be practiced at home, with family or friends, or online with millions of people around the world.
How can you participate?
There are many ways to celebrate International Yoga Day and join the global community of yoga enthusiasts. Here are some ideas:
- Watch the live broadcast of Prime Minister Modi’s address and yoga demonstration on June 21 at 6:30 AM IST on various platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
- Join the online yoga sessions organized by various institutions, such as the Ministry of Ayush, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the Art of Living Foundation and others. You can find more details on their websites or social media pages.
- Learn more about the history, philosophy and benefits of yoga by reading books, articles, blogs or watching videos. You can also check out the official website of International Yoga Day for more information and resources.
- Share your yoga stories, experiences, photos or videos on social media using hashtags like #InternationalYogaDay, #YogaDay2021, #YogaForWellBeing and #BeWithYogaBeAtHome.
- Try some new yoga poses or sequences that suit your level and interest. You can also challenge yourself by learning some advanced or difficult poses with proper guidance and safety precautions.
- Explore different styles and forms of yoga, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin and more. You can also experiment with different accessories, such as mats, blocks, straps, bolsters and cushions.
- Meditate for a few minutes or longer to calm your mind and connect with your inner self. You can use music, mantras, chants or silence to enhance your meditation experience.
- Express your gratitude and appreciation to your yoga teachers, mentors, friends or family who have inspired or supported you in your yoga journey. You can also donate or volunteer for a cause that promotes yoga or wellness in your community or beyond.
Happy Yoga Day!
We hope you enjoy this special day and make it a part of your daily routine. Yoga is not just a physical exercise but a way of life that can transform you from within. Remember, yoga is for everyone and anyone can do it. So go ahead and celebrate International Yoga Day with enthusiasm and joy!