International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in Bharat or India . 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 special significance in many parts of the world.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on 27 September 2014. He stated:
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
On the occasion of International Yoga Day, a yoga session was organized for students and staff of Patan College for Professional Studies.
The session was taken by Riya Thapa, Yoga Trainer from “The Art of Living-Nepal”. In the session she introduced Pranayama, Stretching, Meditation for relaxed body, mind and soul.
Yoga is not just exercise, it is how skillfully one can communicate and act in any given situation. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.
Following the Quotation, the short yoga session occurred and was very productive for students. They thoroughly enjoyed the session.
- Information about International Yoga Day: wikipedia.org