International Yoga Day:Yoga doesn’t take time- it gives time


Annually June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day or commonly referred as Yoga Day. The idea of celebrating this day was proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi on 27 September 2014, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Post this, June 21 was declared as International YogaDay by UNGA to promote global health, harmony and peace. It was first celebrated in 2015. In 2015 Reserve Bank of India issued a 10 rupees commemorative coin to mark the International Day of Yoga.

The date June 21 was suggested by Mr. Modi  as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning to join or unite. It is originated in ancient India. Yoga has several mental and physical health benefits. Yoga helps to ease stress and lower levels of stress hormone cortisol in body, improves heart health and reduce several risk factors for heart disease, fights depression. Practising yoga daily can help getting better sleep, improves breathing. In short, it gives you a healthy and a longer life. You just need to give some amount of your day time to yoga.

Mr. Modi is leading 5th International Yoga Day on June 21, 2019. He led a mega event with over 30,000 people performing asanas in Jharkhand capital Ranchi to celebrate the day. He wanted to take make yoga an integral part of the lives of the poor. According to him, "Yoga belongs to everyone and everyone belongs to Yoga."


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