International Yoga Day is approaching and people around the world are all set to take out their yoga mats and do some yoga. But, do you know why June 21 is chosen to be the ‘International Yoga Day’.
International Yoga Day: Brief history
The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, announced that June 21 will be seen as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day. Since 2015, International Yoga Day is been celebrated worldwide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September of 2014 addressed the UN assembly and discussed the essence of Yoga.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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 with you” PM in UN General Assembly.
International Yoga Day: Reason Behind June 21
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly in 2014 said:
The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.
June 21 is the day of the Summer Solstice when the tilt of a planet’s axis in the northern hemisphere is most inclined toward the star that it orbits – in our case, the earth and the sun.
June 21 is considered the longest day of the year with the sun rising early and setting late for the northern hemisphere.
The summer solstice is also considered as an important day in Indian mythology as it marks an event that could be considered the start of Yogic science.
When people saw the Adi yogi, they flocked to him for enlightenment but left as he stayed unaware of their presence.
Whereas, seven people stayed insistent to learn from him but Shiva refused to claim that a lot of preparation was to be done.
The seven people then sat determined through 84 years of sadhana, after which Shiva took notice of them as the sun was shifting from the northern to southern run which was the day of the Summer Solstice.
It is said that he could no longer ignore them as they were overwhelming with knowledge. When the next full moon arose 28 days later, Adi yogi transformed himself into Adi Guru and started teaching the ways of the yogic science to his disciples.
Now, you know the reason why Yoga is celebrated on June 21, every year. Therefore, take a pledge this year and celebrate Yoga on the international Yoga Day. With this also embodied yoga in your daily routine.
It will not only help you to connect your mind and heart but also it will help you get cure many diseases and problems.