June 21 : A Day When The Globe Express Gratitude To Yoga
The significance of June 21 transcends the borders of India as the world commemorates this day to express their gratitude to yoga, an umbrella term used that refers to a collective of spiritual, mental and physical practises that have its roots in Rigveda, an ancient Indian text. It was at the United Nations General Assembly that a unanimous decision was churned out for an international yoga day. Since June 21 happens to be the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, Indian Prime Minister advised the UNGA to choose this date as the International Day of Yoga.
Apart from unifying the world with the astounding boons of yoga, the other objective of IDY is to ensure the enhancement of peace in a world which is otherwise volatile.
Since its inception in 2015, IDY has kept on going in stature. This year as many as 150 countries all across the globe joined hands with Indian missions to observe IDY at venues that can be linked with the respective countries’ culture and history. Be it the Eiffel Tower in Paris, China’s Great Wall, the Trafalgar Square in London, Central Park in the US or Delhi’s Connaught Place, millions of yogis practised various yogic asana which in Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s own words is a medium to achieve “emotional integration and spiritual elevation”.
Although the main event of this year’s yoga day was held in Lucknow, as many as 22 world records were set when thousands of yogis came together to celebrate this auspicious day in Ahmedabad’s GMDC ground.
PM Modi has taken major steps to globalise the yoga so that more and more people get benefitted by its utilities but it is believed that it was during Swami Vivekananda’s foreign trips that the western world first came to know about yoga.
“Take a deep breath in,
Feel the sun on your soul,
Start fresh today,
Make peace your goal!!!”