International Day of Yoga 2022

The International Day of Yoga is observed on June 21, every year starting since 2015.

History of Yoga Day

The idea to have an UN-mandated day for celebrating Yoga was put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014. Later, this proposal was backed by 177 nations which led UN to declare June 21 as “International Day of Yoga”. The day was incepted in UNGA in 2014.

UN Resolution on Yoga Day

After the initial proposal by PM Modi, the UN adopted a draft resolution, titled “Day of Yoga”, in 2014. Indian delegation convened the consultations.

Why was June 21 selected?

June 21 was selected as “Yoga Day” because it is the longest day of year in Northern Hemisphere. It also shares a special significance in different parts of the world.

Theme of the Day

The International Day of Yoga 2022 is being observed under the theme “Yoga for Humanity”.

Significance of the Yoga and Yoga Day

Yoga promotes a holistic wellbeing. It can be practised by anyone because it does not require any gym machines. During the covid-19 pandemic, Yoga helped people in boosting immunity. People across the world embraced yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated. It helped them to fight social isolation and depression amid pandemic. Yoga is playing an important role in psycho-social care and rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients in isolation.

RBI Commemorative Coin

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a commemorative coin of 10 rupees, in 2015 to mark the International Day of Yoga.

UNPA stamps

UN Postal Administration (UNPA) issued 10 stamps on Asanas in April 2016. 10 stamps were issued on a single sheet for marking the Yoga Day.

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