United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The First World Yoga day was celebrated in June 21st 2015 throughout the world.
In India, under the head of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 35985 people gathered together and did 21 yogasanas at Rajpath in New Delhi. About 84 Nationalities have participated in this event. It has made two Guinness record one is more people participated in one Yoga class and the second one is more nationalities participated.
There have arisen many controversies for celebrating this event. The government said it is not compulsory to chant shlokas and also 'Surya Namaskar' was removed from the event. Government appealed Muslims to take part.
The World Yoga Day was initiated by our Prime Minister. Prime Minister said June 21st will be significant for the many parts of the world due to the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
Yoga is necessary for everyone. It makes as healthy, keeps our mind relaxed, free of stress. It also makes us to be active and sharp throughout the day. Yoga has been practiced for over 5000 years in India. It is our ancient culture and a valuable gift.
Yoga brings peacefulness to our mind and unites our mind, body and soul in one state. It makes us a perfect human and to realize who we are. It connects the people to the nature.
The Main aim of the International Yoga day is to make people healthy, free from diseases and to establish a peaceful life. The amazing benefits of Yoga cannot be described in the words but can be obtained when it is practiced regularly.
History of Yoga
It is said be practiced for about 5000 years or even before. The yoga was developed in northern part of India. Many Vedic scripts tell about the yoga. In Bhagavad Gita Yoga is insisted in many places and it tells about many types of yoga Karma yoga (Yoga of action), Bhakthi Yoga (Yoga of devotion), Gnana Yoga (Yoga of Knowledge).
The yogi Patanjali gave Yoga Sutras. Patanjali’s Yoga sutra was regarded as the beginning of formal yoga philosophy.
The modern yoga became famous by the swami Vivekananda who gave the amazing speech in the western world about the art of Yoga. It has taken yoga to the western culture. From 1980's most of the western world followed yoga and become more popular throughout the world.