International Yoga Day 2018: Origin, significance world record and celebrations this year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on International Yoga Day said yoga is not just a set of exercises that keep the body fit, it is a 'passport' to health assurance and a key to fitness and wellness.

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On June 21, International Yoga day will be observed across the world.

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice.

Origin of the word yoga:

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means, to join or to unite Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means, to join or to unite

The word yoga originates from Yuja, a Sanskrit word which means, "to join or to unite," symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. The theme for Yoga Day 2018 is "Yoga for Peace."

Why June 21 as International Yoga Day?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed this date Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed this date

June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed this date at the United Nations General Assembly 2014.

First International Day of Yoga observed:

First International Yoga day was observed on June 21, 2015 First International Yoga day was observed on June 21, 2015

The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21, 2015.

35, 985 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a large number of dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 yoga asanas (postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi.

Guinness World Record:

Rajpath established two Guinness world records Rajpath established two Guinness world records

The event at Rajpath established two Guinness world records - one for the largest yoga class, featuring 35, 985 people, and second for the largest number of participating nationalities (84 nations).

Origin of International Yoga Day:

United Nations gave universal appeal United Nations gave universal appeal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed June 21 to be observed as International Yoga Day throughout the world.

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations gave universal appeal to it and declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India" ancient tradition. It 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. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature."

2018 International Yoga Day in India:

This year the event will take place in Dehradun This year the event will take place in Dehradun

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be participating in an event in Dehradun where over 60,000 people would be performing yoga on June 21.

Padma Vibhushan Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will visit the army personnel at the Siachen base camp on International Day of Yoga on June 21.

Sadhguru is expected to speak to the soldiers on a range of issues, particularly the importance of Yoga for health, well-being and inner balance at high altitudes.

The army personnel will also be imparted scientifically designed yoga modules under Sadhguru's guidance.

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