Friday, 24 July 2020

International Yoga Day 2021: Current Theme, History, Significance and Celebrations

International Yoga Day 2021: Current Theme, History, Significance and Celebrations
International Yoga Day 2021: The 6th International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, this year, International Yoga Day goes virtual. Let us have a look in detail about the celebration, theme, history and objectives of the day.International Yoga Day 2021
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International Yoga Day 2021: This year the International Yoga Day will focus on yoga at home with family members. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon all to participate in an event 'My Life My Yoga' in his 'Mann Ki Baat'. He also encouraged people to stay active and fit during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 pandemic.

'My Life My Yoga' is a unique international video blog competition announced by the Ministry of Ayush along with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. In this, the participants have to make a three minutes video of performing yoga 'asanas' and put it on the social media platforms, with the #MyLifeMyYoga hashtag and their country name, while tagging the Ayush ministry. Let us tell you that the contest was started on 1 June and videos can be submitted till 15 June. The MoA and the ICCR have therefore decided to extend the submission deadline to coincide with the International Day of Yoga which is the 21st of June.

About the contest:
It will run in two legs; The first leg consists of country-wise video blogging contests, where the winners will be selected at the country level. And will be followed by the global prize winners who will be selected from different countries.
Under three categories the entries can be submitted by the participants covering the youth (aged under 18), the adults (above 18 years) and the Yoga professionals, separately for males and females. Within the first leg the prize for Indian contestants worth INR. 1 lakh, 50K and 25K for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank within each of the categories. And at the global level US$2500, US$1500, US$1,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranking have been announced.

International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June throughout the world. For the first time, it was celebrated on 21 June, 2015. As we all know the environment is changing and the world is becoming more competent yoga help us to deal with this type of environment and also makes us healthy.

The day spread awareness about the importance and effects of yoga on the health of the people. The word 'yoga' is derived from Sanskrit which means to join or to unite.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice which gives calmness, peace, confidence and courage to the people through which they can do several activities in a better way. At every level of existence, it is a state of harmony. Yoga is practised in various forms around the world.

Let us study why International Day of Yoga is celebrated, its history, theme of 2020 and how is it celebrated across the globe.

International Yoga Day 2021: Theme

The International Yoga Day 2020 theme is "Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family".

The International Yoga Day 2019 theme was "Climate Change" and it will be celebrated at United Nation on 20 June, 2019 with "Yoga with Gurus" followed by a panel discussion on 21 June.

International Yoga Day: History

International Day of Yoga is also called World Yoga Day. For the first time, it was celebrated on 21 June 2015. This initiative was taken by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi by giving an impactful speech related to yoga on 27 September 2014 in the United Nations General Assembly and for this reason, on 21 June, it was declared as "International Yoga Day". The proposal to celebrate the International Yoga Day on 21 June in the United States was approved by 193 members on 11 December 2014.

In the UN General Assembly, Narendra Modi said "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. 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 nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”.