The fifth annual International day of Yoga on June 21 is being observed worldwide. This year, the theme is 'yoga for heart' and a discussion on climate action will follow. Let’s rewind to find out how it all began.
Bengaluru: Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and sees a mention in the Bhagvad Gita. Yoga is believed to be the perfect solution to help find the right balance in not only physical, but also mental well-being. From 2015, June 21 marks the importance of yoga in one’s life.
Events are organised across the world encouraging people to come together and practise yoga, meditation and discuss the topic. Yoga is derived from Sanskrit, which means to join or unite, symbolising the union of a person’s body and consciousness.
The theme for this year’s annual event, which will be celebrated at the United Nations with yoga gurus, followed by a panel discussion, is ‘climate action’.
Yoga can be beneficial for those who suffer from lifestyle diseases and fitness disorders. There are a range of exercises and yoga poses/asanas that help the body, mind and soul heal and relax.
The first yoga day celebration was held at Raj Path in New Delhi. PM Modi and other dignitaries performed around 21 yoga asanas, and created two Guinness world records.
The first record was for being the world’s largest yoga class with 35,985 people and the second one was for having the maximum number of participating nationalities, that is 84. Last year in Dehradun, Modi had performed yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts.
This year, Jharkhand's capital Ranchi is hosting the main yoga day event. The event is taking place at Prabhat Tara ground where PM Modi, chief minister Raghubar Das alongside 18,000 people are performing Yoga.
And dog parents, don’t think that your dogs will be devoid of this beneficial practice. There is yoga for dogs, known as 'doga', which was started by Suzi Teitelman in New York in 2002 wherein when one is doing yoga, one can use dogs as props.
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Last Updated Jun 21, 2019, 9:33 AM IST