By Neha Sinha, Updated : Jun 21, 2020 10:19 IST
International Yoga Day 2020: Theme, Significance & History

International Yoga Day 2020: International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on 21 June. International Yoga Day was celebrated for the first time in the year 2015. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi made his speech in the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September 2014. After this, in 2014, the United Nations approved the proposal to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day. Prime Minister Modi will be addressing the nation on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21 at 7 am.

International Yoga Day 2020 Theme

This year with the COVID-19 pandemic still very much present, there will be virtual celebrations throughout the day. Therefore, the chosen theme, "Yoga at home and Yoga with the family", is very suitable for him. There are several events scheduled and people will be able to join the celebrations online from 7 am onwards on June 21.

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International Yoga Day History

International Yoga Day celebrated on 21 June itself, because 21st June will be the longest day of the year and Yoga also helps in providing long life to man. International Yoga Day was celebrated for the first time in the year 2015. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi made his speech in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2014. After this, in 2014, the United Nations approved the proposal to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day. In his speech, PM Modi stated that Yoga embodies unity of mind and body thought and action, restraint, and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature a holistic approach to health and well-being.

International Yoga Day Significance

Since 2015, the day is celebrated annually worldwide on June 21 to raise awareness about the health benefits of yoga and its various practices. Its objective is also to educate people about the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that one can obtain by practicing it. PM Modi had proposed the date June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and shares special importance in many parts of the world.

Do these 5 easy yoga asanas every day, will keep the mind and body fit

1. Surya namaskar (Sun Salutation)

Surya namaskar

2. Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

Vrikshasana

3. Tadasana

Tadasana

4. Marjari asana (Cat Pose)

Marjari asana

5. Vajrasan (Thunderbolt pose)

Vajrasan

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