On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Yoga Day.
June 21st is the day of Summer solicit which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the longest day of the year in Northern Hemisphere. It is also the time when my mother reminds me that Dakshinayana (summer solicit) has started and now the sun travels towards the south. Many a times, my mother asks me to check from where the sun has risen and how that position changes month on month.
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Our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi asked the world leaders to adopt 21st June as the International Yoga day.
He said that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition.It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”.
Around 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution.
On June 21st, 2015, millions of people (200 millions as reported) performed Yoga across India. Modi himself led around 37,000 people in an event at Rajpath, New Delhi.
International Yoga Day,2016
This year Chandigarh will host the International Yoga Day, where Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will be there.
The event will be organized by the Central Government and is likely to be held at Capitol Complex in Sector 1.
How should I celebrate International Yoga Day
Each state must be organizing the event. Join them. I know it would be wonderful to perform Yoga with fellow yogis.
If the place is really too far for you to attend, you can always inquire and check how the nearest community to your place is celebrating. If you practice in a studio, your studio must be organizing something special.Don’t miss it.
Though it is a month far, I would love to hear how my fellow yogis are planning to celebrate this day.