International Yoga Day at Vijay Vihar

National Yoga coach: Asha Ramchandani

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”

– B.K.S. Iyengar

June 21st is observed as the International Yoga Day all over the world. This occasion aims to raise public awareness about yoga and its effects on health. As always, a group of citizens of AWHO Vijay Vihar took the initiative to organize this event which was conducted on Podium as well as online. Here are some glimpses of International Yoga Day at Vijay Vihar –

Yoga Definition

The term “Yoga” comes from Sanskrit and means “union” or “joining.” Patanjali, an ancient Indian sage, wrote the Yoga Sutras, which are a set of rules for all aspects of yoga.

The History of International Yoga Day

Yoga dates back around 6000 years and originated in India’s various religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. With time, it changed and evolved.

On September 27, 2014, the incumbent Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, was attending the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly when he urged the global community to recognize Yoga as a valuable asset of Indian Civilization to improve health and enrich the human mind with peace. 

The Prime Minister also asserted that millions of people all over the world would like such an international day, and world leaders on the UN’s platform must honor their expectations. 

On October 14, 2014, the United Nations executive committee eventually passed the resolution A/Res/69/131, supported by 177 Member States, dubbed the “International Day of Yoga.” 

The first International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015 set a global record for the largest ever yoga class. 

The reason for declaring June 21st as International Yoga Day, according to Narendra Modi, is that it is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

International Yoga Day at Vijay Vihar: Theme for 2022

“Yoga for humanity.”

The theme of International Yoga Day 2022 is “yoga for humanity.” Every country has witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic recently. Hence, this year, yoga aims at people’s mental and physical health. Even though there is no lockdown now, people are still struggling with anxiety and depression. The annual International Day for Yoga emphasizes the importance of staying motivated and adopting a healthy lifestyle through exercises such as yoga. We can stay optimistic by exercising, and yoga can help us improve our psychological health. 

Despite its Indian origins, the practice of yoga has gained popularity all over the world in recent years, and almost all types of people enjoy what yoga has to offer. Yoga is no longer just something that people in India do. It is now an exercise that people all over the world do to improve their health and well-being.

Celebrations and Activities for International Yoga Day

Celebrations of International Day of Yoga

The activities on the occasion of the International Yoga Day at Vijay Vihar create public awareness, and includes awareness-raising activities in addition to pursuing yoga classes. Educational institutions and non-governmental organizations organize awareness gatherings. A large number of online yoga classes also mark the highlights of the day.