Question: Why June 21 was declared as the International day of yoga?
Answer: June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin over 6000 years ago in India aims to integrate the body and the mind.
On Dec 11, 2014, the 193-member U.N. General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'. The resolution also saw a record number of 177 countries co-sponsoring it. It had the "highest number of cosponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature."
It was the great recognition for all the Masters by whom the Art of Yoga has been growing. The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by PM Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:
"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 within yourself, the world and 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."
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 significance in many parts of the world.
From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after the Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
So start practicing Yoga regularly from today onwards. And nature will support you. Let's remember and respect all the Masters who dedicated their life to grow this Art of Yoga. May their blessings be always to everyone.
Good morning... Practice Yoga and celebrate your life... 💐
Venkatesh - Bangalore
Be blessed with success