Swami Vivekananda once stated, “We are what our thoughts have made us…” and someone has rightly added on to it stating that we are the sum of our thoughts, words and deeds. Our thoughts lead to words and they in turn lead to our deeds or actions, including desires and cravings too.
On the occasion of International Yoga Day 2018, Omved takes the opportunity to bring this science of uniting the body, mind, and spirit to the fore. Many of us are aware that practicing yoga has invaluable benefits. Besides uniting the body and mind it teaches us a lot about restraint and fulfillment as well. It ensures a certain harmony between man and nature which is vital for health and well-being.
Why is International Yoga Day celebrated?
The International day for Yoga came into existence when the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly mentioned that Yoga is an invaluable gift to mankind. He stated, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the 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 nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
He also suggested that it be celebrated on the 21st of June. Following the adoption of a UN resolution, the day was recognized across the world as International Yoga Day.
But why 21st June?
June 21st is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere and hence has a special significance across the world. If we consider this from the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after summer solstice is known as Guru Purnima.
Lord Shiva, who is also known as the first yogi or Adi Yogi is understood to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to mankind on this day and became the first guru.
First International Yoga Day
After it was recognized by the UN, theFirst International Yoga Day was celebrated in India on June 21, 2015, at Raj Path. It was organized by the ministry of AYUSH. This Yoga Day was celebrated all over the world with 21 yoga asanas, which were performed by dignitaries from 84 nations and accompanied by our Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
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The First International Yoga Day witnessed the creation of two Guinness Records. The first being for becoming the world’s largest yoga class and was attended by 35,985 people. The second record was for having the maximum number of participating nationalities, 84.
The International Yoga Day Logo
So what does the logo symbolize, let’s find out –
First, the folded hands symbolize Yoga, reflecting the union between Consciousness and Universal Consciousness, eventually leading to a perfect harmony between mind & body, man & nature. In the logo, the brown leaves symbolize the earth element, the green leaves symbolize nature, blue symbolizes water, brightness symbolizes fire whereas the Sun symbolizes a source of energy and inspiration. The logo also sums up the thought that Yoga is soul and it depicts harmony and peace for mankind.
This year, Omved aims to celebrate International Yoga Day with one and all, especially millennials! Yet irrespective of age, we’re all subject to different forms of irresistible food cravings – most commonly we love our samosas, burgers, vada pavs, pastries, ice creams and more. We’ll come back tomorrow with our tips on how you need not suppress your cravings. So keep watching this space!