When Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21, the government’s enthusiasm for yoga has sparked controversy at home and abroad. Critics argue that the day is merely a means to advance a right-wing agenda. This year’s day also falls on the death anniversary of Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, founder of the Hindu right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. The day is recognized worldwide to promote yoga as an ancient Indian practice of healthy living. Yoga, meaning unity in Sanskrit, unifies the mind and body to create harmony. The United Nations proclaimed the day in 2015. The idea was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who noted that it was the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In addition to its international significance, June 21 has special cultural significance in many parts of the world.
While there are many different types of yoga, most are beneficial to our health and well-being. People of any age or gender can practice yoga to achieve inner peace and improve physical health. As with most physical activities, yoga doesn’t require extreme fitness levels. Those with an active lifestyle can benefit from yoga as well. Yoga also helps people overcome stress and anxiety and promotes a positive mental state. It is a great exercise to practice any time of year.
There are many reasons to celebrate yoga on June 21. As a day of peace and universal harmony, it is also an important day to honor Sadgurus. June 21 is also the day of the summer solstice, when the North Pole is tilted towards the sun, making it a transitional period for yoga. According to mythology, the first Adiyogi left India for the south during the month of Sankranti, which is approximately the same day of June. He met 7 sages on the way and came to Uttarayan in June.
Today, many nations are celebrating the benefits of yoga on the International Day of Yoga. The day is also marked by special events. Some locations have special ceremonies, while others hold a public event. People of different ages and physical fitness levels can participate in these celebrations. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, everyone can enjoy yoga. It helps reduce stress levels and improve the quality of life. The International Day of Yoga is a great way to spread the word about the importance of yoga.
Despite its widespread popularity, yoga has received criticism in India. It has been embraced in 192 of the United Nations member states, except Yemen. There are events in 251 cities across six continents. One event in New York City saw 30,000 people practice yoga in Times Square. And if that wasn’t enough, the day’s mission statement reflects its importance to India and the world. If yoga is part of your daily routine, you can find a place where you can practice it, whether it be in a cafe or a yoga class.