International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice attributed mostly to India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around the world. The word 'yoga' derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
The daily life of a person is built around constant social interactivity and a busy schedule of must-dos for others. International Yoga Day gives the busybodies an excuse to temporarily cut social ties and connect with their inner selves. Yoga is as mentally demanding as it is physically, and has proven to spiritually beneficial as well. If you’re by yourself on the occasion, make sure to choose a secluded spot with a calm, nature hugging atmosphere to practice yoga.
The ancient practice of yoga represents the “breath of the eternal,” according to one of the world’s oldest practitioners, 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, who began learning yoga in India at age eight.