International Yoga Day – June 21, 2021
Celebrated on June 21, International Yoga Day celebrates the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world stage. While it is an important source of exercise and healthy activity millions join in and practice on a daily basis. For many, these routines are a way to connect the body, mind and soul in a way that has existed for centuries International Yoga Day – June 21, 2021
WHEN THE DATE OF YOGA DAY 2021 ?
Stretch your body and relax your mind like never before on International Yoga Day on June 21.
COMPLETE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY ?
For International Yoga Day, people around the world are all set to take out their yoga mats and start exercising, but they might not be aware that yoga goes back centuries.
Yoga is considered to be an ancient practice that originated 5,000 years ago in India. Yoga was developed as a way to interconnect the mind, body and soul to step closer into enlightenment. As the practice became popular in the west, it became popularized as an exercise and relaxation method, with claims to help the body’s general well-being, alleviate physical injuries and chronic pain.
The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, where a resolution to establish June 21 as International Yoga Day was introduced by India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji.
The date of June 21 was chosen as it is the Summer Solstice, the day where there is the most sun out of every other day of the year. Overall, it received support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN resolution, proclaiming June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
On June 21, 2015, nearly 36,000 people, including Prime Minister Modi, and many other high-profile political figures from all around the world,
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY TIMELINE
Narendra Modi and the Indian delegation propose to create International Yoga DayJune 21, 2015First Ever
Over 36,000 celebrate the first ever Yoga Day in India.June 21, 2018Yoga for All
The largest yoga lesson takes place in India, with over 100,000 participants
TRADITIONS OF THE DAY
International Yoga Day is a relatively new holiday, so there aren’t any time
BY APPROX OF THE NUMBERS
$2.5 billion – the amount Americans spend on yoga instruction annually.
5% – the percentage of people who have given either children or their pets Sanskrit names.
300 – the circulation of the first edition of “Yoga Journal.”
10 – the number of pages in the first edition of “Yoga Journal.”
#1 – reason for yoga is wellness.
#1 – reason for quitting yoga is the teacher.
1.7 million – the number of American children under 17 who practice yoga.
1975 – the year when the first issue of “Yoga Journal” launched.
15% – the percentage of people who go to an annual yoga retreat.
200,000 – the number of yoga instructors in India.
NTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY ACTIVITIES
Bring Your Tree Pose to Nature
Practicing outside can breathe some fresh air into your yoga poses. Practice on the beach, at your local park, or even in your backyard. Surrounding yourself in a new environment can be much more engaging by having new things to focus on.