Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially declared 21st June to be the ‘International Day of Yoga’ in 2014 with Yoga teacher Baba Ramdev. This day was chosen as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The inaugural day on 21st June 2015 saw an incredible 36,000 yoga enthusiasts come together in New Delhi for a massed yoga session.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 17th 2014 Narendra stated…
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
NEW DELHI – INDIA – JUNE 21st, 2015
Two new records were achieved on this day with around 36,000 participants performing asanas [ah-suh-nuhs] in this mass Yoga session. The second record was the fact that 84 nationalities were represented on this day.
Millions joined other events were held in 251 cities across six continents. 30,000+ people gathered to perform yoga in Times Square in New York.
International Day of Yoga 2016 –
To get into the spirit of this year’s celebrations, there is a comprehensive website outlining all things ‘International Day of Yoga’ focusing in on Yoga terms, events, postures, up-to-date news and the like. You can also join their e-mailing list to receive updates on what’s happening and the latest Yoga EVERYTHING! Official Website for the International Day Of Yoga .
The story behind the logo…
- Folding of both hands in the logo symbolizes Yoga, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature, the holistic approach to health and well being.
- The brown leaves in the logo symbolize the earth element, the green leaves the nature, blue the fire element while the sun symbolises the source of energy and inspiration.
- The logo reflects harmony and peace for the humanity which is the essence of Yoga.
– Namaste –