Yoga, which has origins in India, has 5000 years of history. It is widely practiced world wide. International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on June 21 from 2015. Yoga is a physical, mental, and/ or spiritual practice attributed mostly to India.On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.
The idea of an International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on September 27, 2014. He stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being . Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”—Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly