International Yoga Day: Story Behind The Origin of Yoga

| Updated: June 14, 2022 5:02 pm

Yoga, derived from Sanskrit literature, translates to tying a knot or link between our body and consciousness. Originated in India, Yoga, is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice. Even though its roots are in India, Yoga has made its mark all across the world.
International Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide on June 21 of every year. Recognizing its universal appeal, on December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. However, the seeds of Yoga were sown in India centuries ago.

Yoga Day spreads awareness of the benefits of Yoga on overall health. People also visit communal places and arrange meetups in studios or gardens to celebrate International Yoga Day by practicing Yoga exercises

Shiva: The Architect of Yoga

The mythological story behind the origin of Yoga is a mystical one. Shiva sat in peaceful meditation for years. Many curious people traveled from far to see him. However, everyone left except seven individuals. After 84 years, Lord Shiva opened his eyes to these seven individuals and taught them Yoga. Thus, Shiva became the Adiguru (the first guru), and the seven individuals became the ‘Saptarishis.’

Recognition Of International Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the thought to acknowledge Yoga day in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014. Later, the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, recognized June 21 as International Yoga Day.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It also 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 a sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature. Changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” said Narendra Modi.

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