PM Mr Modi’s initiative
Among the many commemorative days observed worldwide, International Yoga Day, initiated by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on June 21st, holds a special place. This annual celebration of yoga has gained immense popularity around the world, emphasizing its universal significance and its positive impact on individual and collective well-being. By recognizing yoga’s importance in maintaining good health, Mr. Modi has not only promoted a traditional practice deeply rooted in Indian culture but also presented a holistic solution accessible to people from all walks of life.
The Origin of International Yoga Day:
During his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of establishing an International Day of Yoga. He emphasized the global promotion of yoga as a valuable gift to humanity. The proposal received overwhelming support, leading to the adoption of a resolution on December 11, 2014, designating June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. This date coincides with the summer solstice, which holds cultural significance in various traditions.
Yoga’s Appeal to All:
International Yoga Day has gained worldwide popularity due to its inclusive nature. Yoga transcends barriers of age, gender, nationality, and religion. Its impact on physical, mental, and spiritual well-being makes it universally relevant. Unlike other observances that focus on specific causes, International Yoga Day promotes a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. This inclusivity has allowed people from diverse backgrounds to embrace yoga and experience its transformative benefits.
Health Benefits of Yoga:
Regular practice of yoga postures (asanas) improves flexibility, strength, and balance, enhancing overall fitness and aiding in the prevention of various ailments. Breathing techniques (pranayama) incorporated in yoga promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mental clarity. The mindfulness and meditation aspects of yoga foster emotional well-being, reducing anxiety and depression. Additionally, yoga’s emphasis on self-awareness and inner harmony promotes compassion, strengthens social bonds, and contributes to a peaceful environment.