International Day of Yoga was celebrated throughout the world for first time on 21st of June in 2015. The declaration was done after the call by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly on 27th of September in 2014 during his address to the UN General Assembly. On that day, record number of people practised Yoga in Delhi under the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. It was a world record for the highest participation in one single yoga session. This is a great achievement for Indians. More than 170 countries including USA, China, Canada, etc participated in the event. It was celebrated on international level by organizing the activities like yoga training campus, yoga competitions and so many activities to enhance the awareness about yoga benefits. It was celebrated to let you know that regular yoga practice lead to better mental, physical and intellectual health. It positively changes your lifestyle and increases the level of well-being.
Yoga is not only a physical exercise where you twist, turn, stretch, and breathes in the most complex ways. These are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. It leads to the healthy development of mind, body and soul by mastering certain yoga postures or asanas with breathing techniques. Pranayama needs special mention. It is the simplest form of yoga which is done before any asana. It teaches you how you can do wonders to your body by gaining control over your breath.
Thus to sum up , keeping all the benefits in mind ,the International Yoga Day has come into existence and is celebrated worldwide on the 21st of June to spread the awareness of the positive influences of yoga globally.
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj. Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. It is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. It is a system of raising your ability to perceive, to enhance and to realise your ultimate nature. Yoga is the most profound exploration of the very mechanics of life. It is a gift to humanity, and should be started early in life so the practitioner can reap the lifelong benefits of this ancient practice. There are some very important advantages to start yoga when you are young. The magical age is 8.
It is common knowledge that adults combat stress in many forms every day. But today’s children are as stressed as adults. Growing competition in schools and colleges, dealing with peer pressure, difficult stage of puberty, extracurricular activities and meeting parents’ and teachers’ expectations are very stressful for children. The best way you can cope with this pressure is by practicing yoga. The practice has a huge effect on your body and the systems that support it, like the nervous, respiratory and digestive systems. Yoga influences children’s emotions and behaviour; it has a positive effect on the mental state and aids creativity.
Just like you prepare the soil before you sow the seeds, you need to prepare the mind. As children you are very receptive at a tender age. Yoga will help you to keep yourself focussed, improve the quality of your memory and overall brain functions. The mind assumes many stages. Yoga can help you to transform the ‘quality of consciousness.’ This can only be achieved if you can stay focussed and retain information. Yoga for kids is gaining popularity these days. Yoga poses or asanas help kids with disabilities and many have shown immense improvements and positive results. Just keep in mind that you can only give your level best when you enjoy the asanas.
Some of the asanas beneficial for children are Pranayama, Tadasana, Uttanasana,Halasana, Bhujangasana,Vrikshasana, Ardhachandrasana, Trikonasana, Gomukhasana,UshtrasanaDhanurasana, Matsyasana, Naukasana and Marjariasana. Each of the above mentioned asanas have a positive effect on your body.
Thus you can see how beneficial yoga is and finally21st June is declared as the International Yoga day by the U.N. General Assembly. Declaration was done after the call by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly on 27th of September in 2014 during his address to the UN General Assembly.