INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA: JUNE 21, 2016

International Day of Yoga

In 2014, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Group of people doing yoga.
Western yoga practice.
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What is Yoga?

Yoga is a series of exercises that combines physical, mental, and spiritual practice. The word itself is derived from Sanscrit and means to join or unite.

Growing Popularity

Originating in India, yoga was introduced to the west in the late 19th and early 20th century. Since the 1980s, the number of yoga practitioners has grown each year.

Many Different Practices

Today yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow as a sport and a lifestyle. Traditional yoga has a meditative and spiritual core in addition to the physical exercises. The result is a wide variety of schools, practices, and goals within the yoga community.

Yoga for Peace

It is because of yoga’s holistic approach to body and mind that the UN decided to dedicate June 21 to this ancient tradition.

“Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress.” said Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.

International Day of Yoga Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Thu Jun 21 2012 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Fri Jun 21 2013 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Sat Jun 21 2014 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Sun Jun 21 2015 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Tue Jun 21 2016 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Wed Jun 21 2017 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Thu Jun 21 2018 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Fri Jun 21 2019 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance
Sun Jun 21 2020 International Day of Yoga United Nations observance

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