Happy International Day of Yoga

21The call for a day of yoga was made by Prime Minister Modi, India when he addressed the UN in September 2014.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies 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 the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

On December 11, 2014, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 21 June as International Day of Yoga (IDY). General Assembly Vice-President Álvaro Mendonca E Moura (Portugal) noted the overwhelming support that the resolution on yoga had received, with more than 170 co-sponsors. “With 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsoring the resolution,” it had the “highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.”

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