International Yoga Day 2022 and its Significance

International Yoga Day 2022 and its Significance

International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June to spread awareness about the importance and effects of yoga on the health and wellbeing of people. It is celebrated on the day since 2015 after its inception in UNGA in 2014. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his UN address in 2014, had suggested the date of 21st June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

Theme of International Yoga Day 2022

International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21 June to spread awareness about the importance and effects of yoga on the health and wellbeing of people. The theme of International Yoga Day 2022 is “Yoga for Humanity.”

The theme of International Yoga Day 2021 is “Yoga for well-being.”

Quick facts about Yoga and impact on humans

Here are quick facts about Yoga.

  • Yoga is over 5000 years old.
  • The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit language and literally means ‘union’.
  • Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in the world.
  • 36 million people in the US regularly practice yoga.
  • Americans practicing yoga has grown by over 50% in the last four years.
  • 72% of yoga practitioners are women. People aged between 30 and 49 years old practice yoga more than any other age group.
  • Research has shown that practicing yoga can delay aging.
Events on International Yoga Day 2022

As part of the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY), Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lead the Yoga Day observance from Mysuru Palace, Mysuru, Karnataka. PM’s address will be live streamed on DD National and DD Channels from 6:40 to 7:00 am. A Digital Yoga Exhibition at Mysuru will showcase highlights and achievements of previous editions of International Day of Yoga. In addition to strength of Yoga, best practices, research highlights, and Common Yoga Protocol, there will be other stuff.

As the country celebrates 75 years of independence, 75 iconic sites have been chosen for observation of IDY. One of them is the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat. On 21st June 2022, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister, will lead yoga celebrations from Kevadia, Gujarat.

“Yoga for Humanity” chosen as theme for 8th edition of International Day of Yoga

During this year’s Yoga Day, the major attraction will be the ‘Guardian Ring,’ where yoga celebrations from around the world will be shown. In “The Guardian Ring”, the “One Sun, One Earth” concept is highlighted, as well as the unifying power of Yoga. On DD India, the feeds from different missions abroad will be connected together.

History of International Yoga Day 

The idea of an International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014.

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 the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.

On 11 December 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States who sponsored the text, which was adopted without a vote.  This initiative found support from many global leaders. A total of 177 nations co-sponsored the resolution, which is the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.

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