This year is the 8th edition of International Yoga Day and will be celebrated on June 21 in India and across the world. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit language and means “to connect.” The United Nations officially recognized International Yoga Day on June 21. Moreover, Yoga has exploded in popularity not only in India but all across the world. India proposed the draught resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga, which was endorsed by a record number of 175 member states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi initially addressed the notion during his address to the General Assembly at the start of the 69th session, saying, “Yoga is a treasured gift from our ancient tradition.” Yoga is a holistic approach to our health and well-being that embodies the union of mind and body, thinking and action. Yoga is more than just a kind of exercise; it’s a means to connect with yourself, the world, and nature.”
The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” In this regard, the World Health Organization has also urged its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
International Yoga Day 2022; “Yoga for Humanity”
“Yoga for Humanity” is the theme of International Yoga Day 2022. On this day, the main event demonstration will be held at Mysuru, Karnataka, and will be headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The COVID-19 outbreak has been a human disaster unlike any other. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified psychological distress and mental health problems, such as sadness and anxiety, in many countries, since pandemic-related restrictions were implemented in various forms. This has underlined the critical importance of addressing both the physical and mental health components of the pandemic.
During the epidemic, people all over the world turned to yoga to stay fit and rejuvenated, as well as to combat social isolation and sadness. Yoga is also helping COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation with their psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation. It is especially beneficial in calming their concerns and anxiety.
Balance is at the heart of yoga, not simply within the body or between the mind and the body, but also in the human relationship with the world. Mindfulness, moderation, discipline, and perseverance are all values emphasized in yoga. Yoga, when applied to communities and societies, provides a way to long-term sustainability.
Yoga has the potential to be a significant tool in humanity’s collective struggle to promote a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with the planet. In keeping with this spirit, the theme for this year’s International Yoga Day celebrations is “Yoga for Humanity.”
International Yoga Day is a chance to raise awareness about the health benefits of yoga. For individuals who practice yoga on a daily basis, it is claimed to be more than just an exercise. Yoga, according to the United Nations, is a symbol of achieving balance and harmony. Yoga provides a route to sustainable life when it is applied to communities and societies.