The International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21st June since its
inception in 2015. June 21st is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares
special significance in many parts of the world. 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. Shiva, the first
yogi (Adi Yogi), is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day, and
became the first guru (Adi Guru). Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those
pursuing spiritual practices.
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.
Activities on 21 stJune
- Festival of Yoga and Wellbeing