International Day of Yoga 2019

International Day of Yoga (IDY), is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. The idea of International Day of Yoga was formally proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014. He stated;

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”

Shri Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, in the lead
Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.
175 out of the 193 nations joining as co-sponsors making it the highest number ever for any resolution in the history of the UN General Assembly.

Significance of 21st June: June 21 was selected as the day to commemorate the 5,000 year old practice because, scientifically, June 21 is the day of the Summer Solstice. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

The summer solstice is also considered an important day in Indian mythology. Lord Shiva, also known as the Adi Guru or the first teacher of Yoga is considered to have started teaching the ways of Yoga to his disciples; an event that could be considered as the start of Yogic science.

  • Yoga is beneficial for physical fitness, musculoskeletal functioning and cardio-vascular health.
  • It is beneficial in the management of diabetes, respiratory disorders, hypertension, hypotension and many other lifestyle related disorders.
  • It helps to reduce depression, fatigue, anxiety disorders and stress
  • Yoga helps to regulate menstrual and menopausal symptoms etc

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. The day is dedicated to inner and outer well-being of human body and people across the world practice Yoga in groups.

If you are in and around New Delhi/NCR (India) – Join us at SivanandaYoga (SYVC) tomorrow 21st June, with family, friends and colleagues; initiating from this day to make “Every day as Yoga day” – and walk the path of exuberance, health and fulfilling life.

21 thoughts on “International Day of Yoga 2019

  1. An international yoga-day! Now if that isn’t a great idea:) In Germany you see people celebrating the international beer-day on the first Friday in August – maybe I should show your article to them so we can have fewer drunk and more deeply relaxed citizens:)

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    1. I wish and pray that people all round the world work towards making nobody else but themselves healthier & relaxed. Gradually, I am sure together we can impact a few souls for sure… ☺️
      I have read some of your articles and I can definitely say, you work on a greater cause. Happy to come across a like minded person!
      Thankyou for visiting me🙏

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