The term ‘Yoga’ has been derived from a Sanskrit encryption ‘yuj’ which means ‘to unite’. As an ancient body of Indian science and knowledge, YOGA marks harmony between mind, body and soul. Lord Shiva is considered to be the first yogi to gift knowledge about yogic science to the mankind. The learnings from scriptures written thousands of years ago profess that adoption of Yoga in daily lives gradually results in confluence of an individual’s cognizance with universal consciousness.
On 27th September 2014, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi during his addressal speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) requested all member nations of the assembly to adopt a day to spread awareness about benefits of yoga. UNGA studied the suit and realized various ways in which the Yogic science shall help assist the mankind in leading a better way of life. Out of 193 members, 177 passed the resolution and officially declared 21st June as International Day of Yoga across the globe. The day aims at generating awareness about Yoga, the benefits an individual may reap on practicing it regularly and building a harmonious relationship among people from all walks of life. It is believed that it helps prevent and manage a number of ailments; thus, promote improved healthcare. However, Yoga must be practiced with utmost care and under supervision of a trainer. In order to help many yoga-beginners, the government of India released a handbook on methodically practicing Yoga in daily life.
Last year the Ministry of AYUSH organized a massive drive on this day wherein various dignitaries from 84 nations along with 35,985 enthuastics people participated at Rajpath , New Delhi. The event was marked by registering a record in the Limca Book of Records for “Largest Yoga performance simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organisation” by the National Cadet Corps.
United States of America, China, Canada, amongst others nations too celebrated the day enthusiastically last year.
Why YOU must celebrate the International Yoga Day?
- To be-aware about various diseases that may affect you or your loved ones, and finding easy-to practice asanas to prevent it.
- To help you be aware of YOUR rights to a better health.
- To connect and interact with neighbours you have not been introduced to.
- To get relieved from stress through meditation
- To become healthy, wealthy and wise. TOGETHER!By – Aditi Singh