International Yoga Day 2024: All you need to know


New Delhi: The 10th International Yoda Day 2024 will be celebrated around the world on June 21. The day aims to raise awareness about the numerous benefits of yoga, right from physical, mental, and spiritual. The term “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj,” which means “to join,” “to yoke,” or “to unite.” Yoga reflects the union of mind and body, thoughts and actions, restraint and fulfillment, and harmony between humans and nature.

International Yoga Day adopts a specific theme to focus the celebrations and activities around a particular aspect of yoga. The theme for 2024 is “Yoga for Self and Society.”

International Yoga Day is observed on June 21, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, symbolising the significance of light and the transition to Dakshinayana, an auspicious period in Indian tradition. The 2024 theme, “Yoga for Self and Society,” highlights how yoga not only enhances personal health but also contributes to social well-being. It underscores the interconnectedness of individual and collective health, promoting yoga as a tool for personal growth and societal betterment.

The inception of International Yoga Day traces back to September 27, 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly. He emphasised yoga’s ancient heritage and its potential to promote global health and peace. Subsequently, on December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day, supported by 177 member states, reflecting yoga’s universal appeal and acceptance.

On this day, various events and activities are organised worldwide, including mass yoga sessions, workshops, and seminars. Governments, educational institutions, and yoga organizations collaborate to host these events, often featuring renowned yoga practitioners and teachers. These gatherings encourage people to start their yoga journey and provide a platform for experienced practitioners to share their knowledge and inspire others.

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