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International Yoga Day: PM Modi's Yoga Session At UN Headquarters, Theme, History, Significance; All You Need To Know

The United Nations recognised Yoga as an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. Recognising its universal appeal, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014.

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In a historic celebration to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to lead a unique yoga session today at the UN Headquarters that will see participation from top UN officials, envoys from across and the world and prominent individuals.

"Landed in New York City. Looking forward to the programmes here including interaction with thought leaders and the Yoga Day programme tomorrow, 21st June," Prime Minister Modi tweeted yesterday.

International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21.

The United Nations recognised Yoga as an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.

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The word ‘yoga’ is coined from Sanskrit which means 'to join' or 'to unite', symbolising the union of body and consciousness. 

Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

History of the day

Recognising its universal appeal, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014.

The draft UNGA resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.

The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.International Yoga Day is a chance for people all over the world to come together and celebrate the benefits of yoga, which include improved physical and mental health, stress relief, and increased flexibility and strength.

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Yoga has a long and rich history, dating back thousands of years to ancient India.

Yoga is based on a concept that includes both mind and body.

It combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Yoga is known to have a wide range of benefits for physical and mental health, including reducing stress, improving flexibility, and increasing strength.

Theme of World Yoga Day 2023

The theme for this year's celebration is ‘Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

Significance of the day

The day emphasizes on the importance of yoga in promoting physical and mental well-being.

International Yoga Day is a great opportunity to learn more about yoga and its benefits.

From attending a yoga class, practising yoga at home, or simply taking some time to relax and breathe deeply, there are many ways to celebrate International Yoga Day.

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