Friday, June 21st is when the International Day of Yoga is observed. Since yoga tends to be spectacularly outstanding for peoples’ minds, bodies and spirits, an entire piece has been devoted to the International Day of Yoga. The primary purpose of the International Day of Yoga is to boost awareness on a global scale regarding the myriad of benefits connected with regularly practicing yoga.
For those that may still be unaware, yoga is a series of multifaceted exercises that work together to combine many physical, mental and spiritual elements. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite, representing the union of body and consciousness (United Nations, n.d.).
The inclusion of yoga into a daily routine can improve an individual’s health status, increase strength levels, enhance flexibility, and assist in improving posture and breathing. Practicing yoga on a routine basis can also help adherents to reduce stress levels, minimize depression and control anxiety symptoms while enhancing concentration and mental clarity.
Yoga exercises had originated in India many generations ago before subsequently being introduced to the Western world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The number of yoga adherents, also known as “yogis,” began to sharply increase in the 1980s and has been growing rapidly each succeeding year. The United Nations (UN) finally declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga back in December 2014.
The theme for the fifth annual International Day of Yoga is climate change.
United Nations. (n.d.). International Day of Yoga 21 June. Retrieved June 20, 2019, from https://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/