21st June: The International Yoga Day

Yoga Day


Yoga is a holistic approach to human health and well-being. International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June in many countries of the world including India. People all over the world had celebrated the International Yoga Day for the first time on 21st June 2015.

The reason behind the making of International Yoga Day on 21st June is that the summer solstice occurs on this day. The special thing is that on 21st June, the rays of the sun stay on the earth for a longer time than the normal days, due to which the day is long.

This phenomenon in yoga is familiar as the transition time. Doing yoga in transition gives great benefits to the body. Therefore International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June.


The United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21st as the International Yoga Day on 11th December 2014 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Why Yoga Is Important


Why Yoga Is Important?

Yoga encompasses physical, spiritual, and mental disciplines, offering individuals peace, confidence, and courage. Engaging in yoga enhances performance across various activities. Originating from Sanskrit, the term ‘yoga’ signifies union or connection. Recognizing its significance, the global community celebrates International Yoga Day.

Let us know the answers to such questions and some interesting facts related to this day, about which you have hardly heard anything till now.

The word Yoga literally means to join or meet, but it is a very elaborate science because all its actions and actions make a person physically and spiritually perfect. According to Vedanta, “Yoga is the union of the soul with the divine.”

Purpose Of International Yoga Day


Purpose Of International Yoga Day

The main purpose of celebrating Yoga Day is to make India’s ancient yoga practice popular among the new generation of youth and to make them aware of the benefits of yoga. It had believed that the daily practice of yoga eliminates physical illnesses and mental stress.

The main purpose of celebrating yoga day is as follows:

(i) One of the main purposes of International yoga day is to develop yoga and meditation among the youth. So that they can become aware and achieve mental peace through yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation play an important role in relieving stress and yoga keeps the body and mind healthy.

(ii) The purpose of Yoga Day is to educate people about yoga. So that people can get rid of their stress in a natural way without any medication.

(iii) Yoga improves the body’s functions by increasing oxygen and blood flow in the internal organs of the body. Due to the proper circulation of blood in all the organs of the body, the chances of diseases related to heart, lungs, kidney and other organs become less.

(iv) Getting the attention of people towards yoga, informing about the benefits of yoga, connecting people with nature, etc. are the main objectives of Yoga Day.

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Why Is Yoga Day Celebrated Only On 21st June


Why Is Yoga Day Celebrated Only On 21st June?

There is also a special reason to choose the day of June 21st for International Yoga Day. Actually, this day is the longest day in the northern hemisphere, which can also be called summer solstice.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, had said that this is the day when the northern hemisphere has the longest day of the year. On this day the sun rises early and the sunset is the longest. Apart from this, 21st June is also the summer solstice day in India. That’s why 21st June is celebrated as the Internation Yoga Day.

History of World Yoga Day


History of World Yoga Day:

On 11th December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly announced June 21st as the International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day. After this, people all over the world started celebrating International Yoga Day on 21st June since 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed the importance of yoga while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 2014. A proposal to celebrate “International Yoga Day” on 21st June got approval by 177 members in the United Nations.

This proposal of Prime Minister Modi was passed with the full majority within 90 days, which is the shortest time for any day resolution in the United Nations.