International Day of Yoga is observed on 21st June every year to spread awareness about the importance and effects of yoga on the health. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit which means to join or to unite. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice which gives calmness, peace, confidence and courage to the people through which they can do several activities in a better way. At every level of existence, it is a state of harmony. Yoga is practiced in various forms around the world.
International Day of Yoga 2018: Theme
The International Day of Yoga 2018 theme is ‘Yoga for Peace’ which is organised by the permanent mission of India to the United Nations.
International Day of Yoga is also called World Yoga Day. For the first time it was celebrated on 21 June 2015. This initiative was taken by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi by giving an impactful speech related to yoga on 27 September 2014 in the United Nations General Assembly and for this reason, on 21 June, it was declared as “International Yoga Day”. The proposal to celebrate the International Yoga Day on 21 June in the United States was approved by 193 members on 11 December 2014.
In the UN General Assembly Narendra Modi said “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. 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”.
Accordingly, International Day of Yoga was observed at our Institute, under the guidance of Yoga practitioner, Shri. Vasudev. Seminar on ” Yoga in Management” was followed by the students performing various asanas / meditation to reap the benefits of Yoga in their daily life.