International Yoga Day 2020

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that has its roots in India. The International Day of Yoga aims to boost awareness round the world, regarding the various benefits of practicing the art. The day is being celebrated since 21 June 2015.

History of International Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 2014 address at the United Nations General Assembly proposed that each day to celebrate and practice yoga must be recognised globally.

Modi in his address had highlighted that Yoga is a useful gift of India's ancient traditions, before happening to feature , "Yoga is a useful gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is effective to our health and our well-being. Yoga isn't almost exercise; it's how to get the sense of oneness with yourself, the planet and therefore the nature.”

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Modi had picked 21 June because the day to celebrate yoga since it makes the June 21 within the hemisphere and is the longest day of the year.

The report added that the first-ever Yoga Day saw Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations perform 21 asanas for 35 minutes at New Delhi's Rajpath.

The day saw the creation of two records. One was for the most important yoga class ever held and therefore the other was for the very best number of nationalities to possess participated.

Theme for International Yoga Day

The theme for International Yoga Day 2020 is Yoga for Health - Yoga reception . According to the United Nations , while social distancing measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have pack up yoga studios, practitioners have turned to home practice and online resources. The theme highlights that yoga may be a powerful tool to affect stress of uncertainty and isolation and helps maintaining physical well-being.

How is International Yoga Day being celebrated

As per a report in Times Now, to celebrate International Yoga Day 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, has started a campaign called 'Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family' to encourage people to practice it and stay healthy.

The report adds that the session are going to be led by a trainer and telecast on Doordarshan on 21 June from 6.30 am onwards.

The report adds that the Mysuru district administration in association with Yoga federation of Mysuru is organising an occasion , while the International Naturopathy Organisation (INO) also will be celebrating the day with an event from their houses. The day also will be celebrated by the SDM group of institutions of Dharmasthala (Karnataka) through the “Yoga from Home, Yoga with Family” activity at 7am on 21 June.

A video blogging contest jointly organised by the Ministry of AYUSH (MoA) and therefore the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) was also announced. It is aimed toward highlighting the transformative impact of Yoga on the lives of the individuals.

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