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International Day of Yoga 2024, history, significance; all you need to know

International Day of Yoga 2024, history, significance; all you need to know

International Day of Yoga 2024, history, significance; all you need to know

Mangalore Today News Network

New Delhi, June 2024: International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21st annually as a global celebration of well-being. This worldwide movement recognises the ancient Indian art of yoga and its significant effects on our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, cutting across cultural and geographic barriers. Millions of people come together for yoga classes, workshops, and talks in peaceful mountain retreats and busy city squares throughout the world, all driven by the desire for holistic health and peaceful thoughts. Notably, the 2024 International Yoga Day will be the 10th anniversary of the event.

International Yoga Day 2024

International Yoga Day 2024: Date and Theme

The International Yoga Day in 2024 will be celebrated on its designated date of June 21st. The International Yoga Day 2024 theme is “Yoga for Self and Society.” This subject emphasises the double benefits of yoga practice: enhancing personal well-being and improving society at large. The theme recognises that inner serenity and self-care are the cornerstones of a happy and healthy existence. Yoga gives practitioners the skills to control their emotions, reduce stress, and develop self-awareness.

International Yoga Day 2024: History and Significance

The history of International Yoga Day started with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi suggested designating a global day to commemorate yoga in his 2014 speech to the UN (United Nations) General Assembly. The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution in December 2014 designating June 21st as the International Yoga Day, recognising the appeal of yoga to all people. This particular day is particularly significant as the longest day of the year and the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It symbolises a period of development, growth, and reestablished ties to the natural world and oneself.

International Yoga Day has grown significantly since its inaugural year. Globally, governments, yoga institutes, and individuals plan large-scale yoga classes, workshops, and cultural gatherings. The day has developed into a potent platform for spreading awareness of yoga and all of its advantages for leading a balanced, healthy life. The International Day of Yoga is important in several ways. It is an effective means of spreading knowledge about yoga’s benefits for physical and mental health worldwide. It invites individuals from all areas of life to investigate this age-old practice and learn about its transforming potential. Yoga has been demonstrated in numerous studies to boost physical fitness, reduce stress and anxiety, enhance general well-being, and improve sleep quality.

Courtesy: The Indian Express

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