In 2015, June 21, the biggest day in the Northern Hemisphere, when Lord Shiva is considered to have revealed the wisdom of Yoga to the world, was chosen as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations.
About International Yoga Day History
The International Yoga Day, signed on June 21, 2015, is a legacy of India to the world.
The approach to consider the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, June 21, as the International Yoga Day was suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US General Assembly in 2014.
Out of the 193 constituent states of the United Nations, the plan was supported by 177 co-sponsoring countries.
June 21, the summer solstice, has unique importance from the viewpoint of Yoga. The practice of Yoga can be traced back to the era of Lord Shiva, who is also recognized as the Adi Guru – he who is the guru (teacher) to every yogi around the world.
It is thought that Lord Shiva started giving the knowledge of Yoga to the world and became the Adi Guru of Yoga on the solstice day of the summer. The primary complete moon after the summer solstice is the Guru Purnima.
In the pre-Vedic past, Yoga is stated to have been a portion of the lifestyle of the Indians. Maharishi Patanjali classified and designed yoga postures or exercises in the Yoga Sutras.
In 1893, Swami Vivekananda had also started Yoga to the West in his speech to the World Religions Parliament in Chicago.
Yoga is an essential part of Indian civilization and culture. The practice of Yoga is not only helpful for the body alone; it produces it in alignment with the mind and soul, too, throughout the breath.
Importance of World Yoga Day 2021
This day is being celebrated yearly to bring awareness about the health benefits of Yoga and its various disciplines. This day aims to teach individuals about the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of Yoga.
Yoga is a valuable gift from our old culture. Yoga personifies the unity of body and mind, thought and action. A holistic approach that is helpful to our health and well-being.
India holds Two Yoga World Records
The inaugural International Day of Yoga was marked in India at Rajpath with PM Modi, along with dignitaries of 84 countries, engaging and supporting 21 yoga asanas.
The event caught India two Guinness world records – one for holding the world’s most extensive yoga session highlighting 35,985 people and the other for the participation of individuals belonging to 84 countries.
Amazing Facts About International Yoga Day
Here are five amazing facts about yoga day:
- Yoga Day has established two Guinness World Records. The Narendra Modi began National Democratic Alliance government had initiated all its resources to pursue two Guinness World Records – the most prominent yoga gathering and the most extensive mix of nationalities.
- Yoga Day proposal was first supported by India’s neighbor Nepal. It was the Nepal PM Sushil Koirala who first backed Mr. Modi for his unique program.
- It was the fastest implementation of any outline in the history of the UN to celebrate 21st June as Yoga Day. The initiative has been suggested and achieved by any country in the UN assembly in less than 90 days, which is also the first time in the records of the UN General Assembly.
- Nine hundred million people across India got an SMS from the prime minister related to the International Day of Yoga.
- International Yoga Day is admired on 21st June, which is the Summer Solstice, the longest day in many areas of the world with unique importance.