International Day of Yoga - 21 June.

Every year on June 21st, the International Day of Yoga raises awareness about the benefits of this mind and body practice. It’s also a day to encourage people around the world to engage in Yoga.

The word yoga means to unite or to join. This symbolizes the union of body and consciousness, and the philosophy originated in India about 5,000 years ago. One of the original goals of yoga was spiritual growth. Another goal was mastery over the physical and mental body. Today, two billion people around the world do yoga, some a form of exercise, and others to relieve stress. They have discovered all of yoga’s health benefits and that attributes to its growing popularity.

Some of these health benefits include:

  • Improves flexibility
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Increases blood flow
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Regulates adrenal glands
  • Improves balance
  • Prevents some digestive problems
  • Eases pain

In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India proposed the draft resolution for International Day of Yoga. Recognizing the universal appeal of Yoga, 175 member states endorsed the resolution. On December 11, 2014, the UN proclaimed June 21st as International Day of Yoga. June 21st was chosen as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This date also holds special significance in countries across the globe.

This year marks the 9th International Day of Yoga.

Source: www.un.org


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