International Yoga Day

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International Yoga Day History

International Yoga Day aims at raising awareness about the numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits of practicing yoga. Established by the United Nations, the day encourages people from all walks of life to embrace yoga as a holistic approach to achieving harmony among mind, body, and spirit. It also serves as an opportunity to promote global health, well-being, and imbibing the principles of a healthy lifestyle.

First proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 2014 UN General Assembly speech, International Yoga Day was officially recognized on December 11 that year with an overwhelming majority of member nations. For Americans, the day offers an opportunity to learn about yoga's origins, ancient techniques, and its potential to address modern-day health issues prevalent in the nation, such as obesity, stress, and chronic pain. The day also seeks to highlight the growing popularity of yoga in the U.S. as millions of Americans, including professional athletes and celebrities, turn to yoga for its myriad advantages.

On International Yoga Day, cities across America host various events and activities, including free yoga sessions, workshops, and seminars led by experienced practitioners. Yoga studios, gyms, and community centers typically participate by offering special classes or discounted rates. These events aim to make yoga accessible to all, irrespective of age, fitness levels, or experience. The U.S joins the global celebration of International Yoga Day on 21st June each year, emphasizing its commitment to promote health and well-being for all.

International Yoga Day facts & quotes

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest yoga lesson was with over 100,000 participants at India's district of Kota on June 21st, 2018.
  • The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit language. The word means to join or unite, referring to the union of body and mind.
  • Among the hundreds of yoga varieties, Hatha Yoga is the most popular. It consists of many postures, meditation and breathing techniques.
  • Doga was invented in 2002. It's a form of yoga for a dog and owner that aims to created harmony and energy flow between the dog and the owner.
  • Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress. - UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon
  • Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self - The Bhagavad Gita, Hindu scripture

Top things to do in the US for International Yoga Day

  • Stretch at home. Stretching will help do yoga and will also help you relax and work out muscle stiffness from daily activities and routines.
  • Do yoga! International Yoga Day is a great time to pick up this pastime and perhaps get a discount, if not, check Groupon for some more affordable offers to try yoga.
  • Take a moment to relax and listen to your heart beat. A large part of yoga is mental and spiritual and requires that you are relaxed and in control.
  • Watch a documentary about the benefits of yoga and how they can change negative experiences and improve quality of life. Our favorites: Why We Breathe. A Yoga Documentary and Enlighten Up!.
  • Sign up for a yoga retreat in a spot of your choice. Retreats can last any amount of time and aim to help participants connect with their inner selves and relax throughout the day.

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