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International Yoga Day 2021: Current Theme, History and Significance

International Yoga Day 2021 | Current Theme, History and Significance

International Yoga Day 2021: The 7th International Yoga Day will be celebrated on 21 June. Let us study through this article about International Yoga Day, this year’s theme, history, importance and why it is celebrated only on 21st June.

International Yoga Day 2021: Current Theme, History and Significance

International Yoga Day 2021, Current Theme, History and Significance: It is celebrated across the world on 21st June. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the stress and anxiety among people. Illness and isolation are affecting not only the health of the patient but also the emotional health and even the health of his/her family members. Yoga helps in dealing with these types of issues. It helps us to create psycho-physical health, emotional harmony; and manages daily stress and its consequences.

The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated across the world in 2015 on June 21. The entire responsibility of celebrating this day in India lies with the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India. At that time, 21 asanas were performed in this 35-minute program held at India Gate in India in which about 35,985 people including dignitaries from 84 countries participated.

This event has also been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Guinness Award was received by Shripad Yesso Naik on behalf of the Ministry of AYUSH.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The draft for the establishment of the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and 175 countries It was supported by. The resolution was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the inauguration of the 69th session of the General Assembly. It was the largest support for any draft resolution proposed by the United Nations General Assembly.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Shri Narendra Modi had said that…

“Yoga is a priceless gift of the ancient tradition of India. It is the unity of mind and body, thought and action, moderation and fulfillment; It is an easy way to establish harmony between man and nature. With its help, not only health body but also calm mind can be found. With the help of yoga, peace and order can be established in the whole world.

International Yoga Day 2020: Wishes, Slogans and Special Messages

Theme of International Yoga Day 2021,

 

Theme For International Yoga Day 2021 “Yoga for well-being”
Theme For International Yoga Day 2020 “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”

(Due to Covid-19, Theme Named Kept)

Theme For International Yoga Day 2019 “Climate Action”
Theme For International Yoga Day 2018 “Yoga for Peace”
Theme For International Yoga Day 2017 “Yoga for Health”
Theme For International Yoga Day 2016 “Connect the Youth”
Theme For International Yoga Day 2015 “Yoga for Harmony and Peace”

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Brief History of Yoga

It is believed that yoga is being practiced since the beginning of civilization. The science of yoga originated thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or faiths were born. In Yoga Vidya, Shiva is considered as the first Yogi or Adi Yogi and the first Guru or Adi Guru.

Several thousand years ago, on the banks of Lake Kanti Sarovar in the Himalayas, Adi Yogi passed on his enlightened knowledge to his famous Saptarishi. The Saptarishis took this powerful science of yoga to different parts of the world including Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and South America. Interestingly, modern scholars have noted the close parallels found between ancient cultures throughout the world.

However, it was in India that yoga found its fullest expression. The Saptarishi named August, who toured the entire Indian sub-continent, built this culture around the yogic way of life.

Several fossil remains and seals of the Indus-Saraswati Valley Civilization with Pitras performing Yoga suggest the presence of Yoga in India. The seals of the idols, sex symbols suggest tantra yoga. Yoga is present in folk traditions, Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic and Upanishad heritage, Buddhist and Jain traditions, philosophies, epics called Mahabharata and Ramayana, theistic traditions of Shaivas, Vaishnavas and Tantric traditions.

Historical evidence for the existence of yoga was seen in the pre-Vedic period (2700 BC) and thereafter till the Patanjali period. The main sources from which we get information about the practices of yoga and related literature during this period are Vedas (4), Upanishads (18), Smritis, Buddhism, Jainism, Panini, teachings of the epics (2), Available in Puranas (18) etc.


Why 21st June was chosen as this day

Responding to a question by a Delhi student, the Prime Minister said that many people are questioning why June 21 was chosen as the International Day of Yoga. He said, “Today I reveal this for the first time. The Sun is the largest source of energy on Earth. This day is the longest day in our land. We get the most energy that day. That’s why the day was suggested.”


What does the “logo” of International Yoga Day represent?

1. It signifies peace and harmony for humanity.

2. The joining of both the hands in the ‘Logo’ signifies the union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.

3. The ‘Logo’ signifies a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

4. Green leaves signify nature and blue color element fire. The brown leaves symbolize the earth.

5. The presence of the Sun in the logo signifies a source of energy and inspiration.


Different postures and hand gestures of Buddha and their meaning


How does yoga affect human life?

1. Through yoga man connects with nature.

2. Yoga reduces the physical ailments of man.

3. It enhances development and peace in the world.

4. In physical deformity, we use intoxicating pills for mental stress, laxatives for excretion, pain relief pills for pain, tonic for body strength, etc.

As a result, today’s man, especially the youth, is moving towards drugs. Due to which the social and moral degradation is happening due to the degradation of life values. By doing yoga all these problems can be kept away.

Our basic topic is how to be healthy with yoga? If you want to take full advantage of the asanas, then you should wake up before sunrise and go for a walk in the morning after retiring from daily activities. First of all, Surya Namaskar should be done in a clean and open environment while standing in the east direction. Later asanas can be done as per your requirement. But in the beginning, do asanas only under the guidance of some yoga training. In the present context, introduction of the subject of Yoga in schools is very necessary.


एक सूक्ति है (There is a gnome)

 

आतं हो गरमसिर हो ठंडा (“Intestine is hot, head is cold”)

पेट हो नरमतो मार वेध्य को डंडा” (If the stomach is soft, then the stick should be killed)

योग साधना की बुनियादी बातें (Basics of Yoga Practice)


The meaning of yoga is ‘unity’ or ‘to bind’. The root of this word is the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’, which means ‘to join’. On a spiritual level this union means the union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. On a practical level, yoga is a means of balancing and harmonizing the body, mind, and emotions. This yoga or unity is achieved through the practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, shatkarma and meditation. So yoga is a way of living as well as the ultimate purpose in itself.

Yoga works on the level of one’s body, mind, spirit and energy. This has given rise to four broad classifications of yoga: karma yoga, where we use the body; Bhakti yoga, where we use emotions; Jnana Yoga, where we use the mind and the whole; And Kriya Yoga, where we harness energy. Bhava, desire, action and thought are transcended by yoga practice by being aware of the mind, brain and mind. For this, these 5 yogas are primarily performed: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama and Pratyahara.


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