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June 21st, The International Day of Yoga

An Invaluable Reward Of India’s Prehistoric Tradition

 

June 21st was affirmed as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga, a 6,000+-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in Bharat India, aspires to convert body and mind. The declaration came after the call for the implementation of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his attendance at the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014.

“Yoga is an invaluable reward of India’s prehistoric tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; synchronization between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to determine the sense of oneness with you, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with atmosphere alter. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” declared the 15th Prime Minister of India.

He further stated that “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; synchronization between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being.” In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special implication in many regions of the planet.

From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the evolution to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. According to Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

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