International Yoga Day :  History and Significance

International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June every year across the world to spread awareness about the importance of yoga and its significant impact on health

Yoga has been mentioned in Hindu  scriptures. The term “Yoga” originates from the Sanskrit words “Yuj” and  “Yujir,” meaning “together” or “to unite.”

International Yoga Day was started to tell this importance of yoga and to propagate it at the international level

During a meeting at the UN General Assembly on September 27,  2014, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, introduced the idea  of observing International Yoga Day globally. 

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal

The proposal to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day received  approval from 177 countries that are members of the United Nations  General Assembly

On June 21, 2015, the world celebrated the first International Yoga Day. At Rajpath in Delhi, 35,985 people and delegates from 84 countries came together to perform 21 yoga poses (asanas).

On June 21, the longest day of the year, nature receives abundant positive energy from the sun, creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere.