Want to Know – How International Yoga Day Start?
The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day“
In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.
As per TOI report on June 21 2015 – India will lead 191 countries to mark the day with over 35,000 participants expected to perform various yoga “asanas” at a mega event on Rajpath here.
Modi said in a statement on 20th June 2015.
Tomorrow the world will celebrate the first Yoga Day. I urge you all to be a part of it and inspire others to join as well”
Yoga is already the leading form of therapy and health regime among systems that have traveled from the east to the west. In the U.S. alone the yoga industry, which includes classes and sales of assorted paraphernalia, is estimated at $10 billion a year.