REGISTER FOR: International Day of Yoga (IDY) Wednesday, June 21, 2017
June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.Yoga, an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India (Bharat,aims to transform body and mind.The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 2, 2014 wherein he stated:
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's 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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."
This initiative found support from many global leaders. More than 177 countries including USA, Canada, China have supported this move,including 175 nations co-sponsoring the resolution. It had the "highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature."On Dec 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'. The resolution also saw a record number of 175 countries co-sponsoring it.
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