Dec 15, 2014

Why International Yoga Day?

Last week, 175 nations passed a UN resolution declaring June 21 as the International Yoga Day. For the first time, such a large number of nations showed support to a resolution and passed it within 90 days of it being introduced, it is reported, 'recognizing the ancient Indian science's holistic approach to health and well-being'.

June 21 is not an ordinary day; it is the day of solstice and on this day, the daylight hours are the longest in the northern hemisphere and shortest in the southern half.

Some quotes from speakers at the UN:

India's Permanent Representative: In Sanskrit language, the meaning of the word Yoga, is 'to join' or 'to yoke'. We hope that the impact of this resolution will yoke our efforts in the area of Global Health... A testimony to the enthusiastic cross cultural and universal appeal that yoga enjoys amongst members of the United Nations.

UN General Assembly President: ...demonstrates how both the tangible and the unseen benefits of yoga appeal to people around the world.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases and can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that generates respect. Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace, and can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress.

Portuguese Ambassador: For centuries, people from all walks of life have practiced yoga, recognizing its unique embodiment of unity between mind and body. Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony, while demonstrating a holistic approach to health and well-being.