Back on September 27, 2014, in the year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that June 21, was the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and as such should be made the International Day of Yoga as it shares special significance in many parts of the world.
Fortunately, this initiative found support in many global leaders, 177 nations co-sponsored the resolution, the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature.
The awareness risen and today billions of people are known to practice Yoga.
And I mean from celebrities to political leaders and yoga gurus, there are people who vouch for Yoga for a healthy mind and body.
Originally before June 21 was recognized as the International Yoga Day, informal consultations on the draft resolution entitled “International Day of Yoga” was held on October 14, 2014.
Two months later, on December 11, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in UNGA.
The draft received the support from 177 Member States who sponsored the text, which was adopted without a vote.
Probably you have already read thru this blog,about yoga, its benefits and how it encourages discovery and activation of 6 core competencies which are the key principles of resilience.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bound back from adversity.
Returning to our International Celebration…
What is Yoga?
The word Yoga means unity and has been derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj’ which means to join’.
Therefore, Yoga is a means of balancing and bringing harmony between the mind, body and soul.
Yoga includes asanas, mudras, kriyas, shaktakarmas and meditation.
Yoga provides a physical workout that allows the practitioner to see benefits faster than any other.
While Yoga is an age-old practice, the celebration of this practice as the International Day of Yoga has given it a boost.
Yoga is a union of physical, mental as well as spiritual practices and disciplines that is said to have originated in India almost 5,000 years ago.
While Yoga finds a mention in the Rigveda, it became more prominent as hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century.
Yoga includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures.
It is widely practiced for health and relaxation
The main aim to celebrate this day is to create an awareness worldwide on the importance of staying fit and healthy.
The theme for this year’s International Yoga Day is ‘Yoga for peace.’
There should be not doubts about that yoga is the gift of ancient India to the world.
It has been sustained by medical scientific research that Yoga helps to achieve the healthy body and peace of mind.
It has made integration to the military community and as such supported holistically physical and mental rehabilitation to the service members and dependents.
Also it has already helped millions of people around the world to enhance and improve their lifestyle by including yoga in their daily routine.
Hence it is important to make the yoga reach more and more people around the world.
Last but not least;
“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.”
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CCR; CACR; SGC.