International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in India.

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The fifth annual International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at the United Nations on Thursday, 20 June 2019, with “Yoga with Gurus,” followed by a panel discussion on 21 June.

Why is International Yoga Day celebrated?

An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). … The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

When was the first International Yoga Day celebrated?

On June 21, 2015 The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015. 35,985 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a large number of dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 yoga asanas (postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi.

Let us go through some of prominent Yoga Asanas this Yoga Day.

Savasan:- ‘Sava’ means dead body. The final position in this āsana resembles a dead body. This is a very important āsana which helps to relax the whole Psycho- physiological system of the body. This āsana helps to increase awareness of the mind and leads to other meditation techniques.

Pawanmuktasana:- As the name suggests, this āsana is useful in removing flatulence from the stomach and intestines.This āsana strengthens the lower back muscles and loosen the spinal vertebrae. It also gives massaging effect to the abdomen and digestive organs.

Ardha Halasana:- ‘Ardha’ means half and ‘Hala’ means plough. This posture is known as Ardha Halāsana because in its final position, the body resembles half the shape of an Indian plough.