International Yoga Day, also known as International Day of Yoga, is a day to celebrate the Indian practice of yoga and to raise awareness about its importance. This day is celebrated since 2014 and has been recognized by the UN General Assembly as an International Day of Recognition.
Importance of International Yoga Day
The idea of an international day to recognize and respect the practice of yoga was first made on 27th September 2014 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi at the UN General Assembly. It was he who proposed the date of this day as it falls on the Summer Solstice of the Northern Hemisphere. This day marks the beginning of the summer season and is also the longest day of the year. Afterwards on 11th December 2014, the United Nations declared 21st June as International Yoga Day. The proposal was approved by 175 member states. Yoga Day highlights the importance of Yoga and the benefits it has on our mind and soul. If practiced often, yoga can boost up your energy level, help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your body posture. Participating in Yoga activities and meditation can help in enhancing your mental health.
International Yoga Day 2023: Theme
The theme for International Yoga Day in 2023 is ‘Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which represents our shared desire for “One Earth, One Family, One Future. The main aim is to raise awareness about the numerous physical and mental health benefits of yoga and provide an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to experience its transformative effects firsthand. Involving yourself in Yoga not only benefits the mind and body but also instils love and compassion towards one another. On the occasion of International Yoga Day, India will organize special programs for students, women, specially-abled as well as transgenders to spread awareness and involve more & more people in Yoga and Meditation.
Since its establishment, International Yoga Day has been celebrated with great enthusiasm in numerous countries across the globe. The day is marked by various events, including mass yoga sessions, meditation workshops, seminars, and cultural performances. Regular practice enhances cardiovascular health, improves posture and balance, and increases overall body awareness. Moreover, yoga’s emphasis on breath control and mindfulness cultivates mental clarity, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes emotional well-being.
International Yoga Day 2023 is celebrated with full enthusiasm all across the globe. Yogis from different parts of the country come together to celebrate the practice of yoga and also encourage others to make yoga a part of their everyday life.
FAQs On International Yoga Day
When is International Yoga Day Celebrated?
International Yoga Day 2023 will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
What is the theme of International Yoga Day in 2023?
The theme selected for this year's International Day of Yoga 2023 is "Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,"
How is International Yoga Day celebrated by the people of the society?
International Yoga Day is celebrated through various activities worldwide, including public yoga sessions, workshops, seminars, and cultural performances.
How can I be a part of the International Yoga Day?
You can participate in International Yoga Day by joining local yoga events, workshops, or classes organized in your community.