8th International Day Of Yoga:
Eighth International Day of Yoga (21st June 2022) is being celebrated across the world.
- Theme 2022: ‘Yoga for Humanity’.
- The idea of International Day of Yoga (IDY) was proposed by India during the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held in 2014.
- The UN proclaimed 21st June as IDY by passing a resolution in December, 2014.
- The first Yoga Day celebrations in 2015 at Rajpath in New Delhi created two Guinness World Records.
- It was the world’s largest yoga session with 35,985 people.
- 84 nationalities participated in it.
Yoga and its Significance:
- Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
- The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
- Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
- Yoga plays an important role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients in quarantine and isolation.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also asked its member states to practice Yoga and has included it in its Global Action Plan for physical activity 2018-30.