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International Yoga Day Theme, Celebrations, Meaning, History and Significance!

Published on 15 Jun 2021

International Yoga Day Theme, Celebrations, Meaning, History and Significance!

About International Yoga Day 2021

International Yoga Day celebration falls on 21st June 2021, sustaining the legacy set off in 2014 by United Nations. World Yoga Day calls upon us to imbibe the physical, mental and spiritual practices dated back to the pre-Vedic Indian traditions. By embracing the liberating practice of Yoga, you have a chance to let go of stress, anxiety, and dispiriting mood swings as there are numerous Yoga Poses waiting to be your talisman to a happy and healthy life!

The UN Organization prescribed a specific day each year to celebrate the life-altering form of Yoga on the pull of public demand. Due to this move, more and more people have acknowledged the unbridled benefits of Yoga and sailed on their journey of Peace and Spiritual Healing.

In this blog, we are covering each and every aspect of International Yoga Day. From World Yoga Day's theme, historical roots, significance, to a few examples on how to celebrate International Yoga Day 2021, you will find it all!

Suggested Read: With the world in a whirlwind, Yoga is our savior.

Which date would International Yoga Day 2021 be celebrated?

The International Yoga Day date of celebration is on 21st June 2021

According to Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21 (aka summer solstice) is the longest day of the year in the mass northern hemisphere. Hence, grabbing the International Yoga Day date.

Fun Fact:

On the first International Yoga Day, the overwhelming mass participation set a global record of the largest yoga class ever!

A gentle pace that allows you to follow and understand the breath and explore the movement mechanism.

Start the calm and subdued practice of prenatal yoga to keep your mind and body positively engaged. Even the researchers believe so!

What is International Yoga Day Theme for 2021?

"Yoga for Well-being"

What could be perfect than sharing the path to a healthy lifestyle with your loved ones while social distancing still rules us all? Join forces with this soulful experience on Yoga Divas 21st June 2021, along with your loved ones, to walk on the path of comprehensive fitness.

We all mindlessly scroll down Instagram reels, with influencers borderline yelling at us to get off our butts and adopt a healthier routine. On the occasion of International Yoga Day, the world will be paying homage to the age-old yet brimming practice of Yoga, and that would be your cue to jump aboard!

The International Yoga Day theme of "Yoga for Well-being" is a well-thought motif set by the United Nations in tandem with the current situation of relentless strings of lockdowns. 

This World Yoga Day, we all should pledge to take a step forward to inhale peace and exhale chaos as

"To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life." - Jill Bolte Taylor.

Suggested Read: Yoga Poses for a Healthier Life

Our Online Yoga Experiences might help you find peace amidst the chaos. Try them out today with your loved ones!

Combination of Yoga Asanas, Modern Pilates, and Aerobics to improve your weight reduction, strength building, stamina boost up and Increase in blood circulation in your body conducted by Yogi Rahul who is a certified yoga instructor with years on end experience.

Fast movements of yoga asanas, reduce weight up to five kg in a month, same time burns fat cells to correct your body structure by applying a Combination of Astanga, Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga conducted by Yogi Gagan who is a certified yoga instructor having multiple years of experiences.

Past International Yoga Day Themes

  1. 1st International Yoga Day (2015): Yoga for Harmony and Peace
  2. 2nd International Yoga Day (2016): Yoga for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
  3. 3rd International Yoga Day (2017): Yoga for Health
  4. 4th International Yoga Day (2018): Yoga for Peace
  5. 5th International Yoga Day (2019): Yoga for Heart
  6. 6th International Yoga Day (2020): Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family

Yoga for Kids is the perfect mix of a healthy and focused lifestyle with a bit of fun for your little ones.

History/Background of International Yoga Day

The seeds of Yoga were sown in pre-Vedic periods, appeared in Upanishads and Rigveda. The practice has said to originate in the Indus Valley Civilization around 3000 BCE. Yoga debuted in the West during the 20th century when Swami Vivekananda ushered in the peaceful Yoga forms. Since then, Yoga has permeated across diverse religions, cultures, and creeds to bring together souls in quest of physical, mental, and spiritual health.

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 nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”- Indian PM Narendra Modi, at UNGA on 27 September 2014

Our incumbent Prime Minister voiced to set aside an auspicious day for celebrating Yoga when he attended the annual congregation of the United Nations General Assembly. He pointed out the immense benefits of Yoga to the world and presented it as an asset for human peace and growth. Our PM urged the world leaders at UN Assembly to designate International Yoga Day or Yoga Divas to fulfill the wishes of millions of yoga practitioners and encourage youth to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Eventually, informal consultations on the draft resolution were, set in motion by the United Nations executive committee. That draft resolution was named “International Day of Yoga”, and consultations started on 14 October 2014. The draft resolution garnered the support of 177 Member States and marked history. The delegation of India convened the deliberations, and finally, the UNGA adopted the resolution A/Res/69/131 on 11 December 2014.

Suggested Read: 5 Morning Yoga Poses

How to celebrate International Yoga Day 2021 at home? 

The Yoga Divas theme is 'Yoga for Wee-being', a holistic path to battle the negative sphere surrounding us. In times like these, self-care and wellness must climb up on your priority list. And, Yoga is the answer!

Celebrating International Yoga Day by-

1. Joining online yoga sessions with your loved ones.

Boost your Immune System, Flexibility, improve Respiration, Energy & Vitality by a Combination of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation with Regular Yoga for 30 Days conducted by Yogi Gagan who is a certified yoga instructor having multiple years of experience.

These yoga asanas practiced in the sessions are specially hand-picked from different yoga forms to help you achieve your desired fitness goal conducted by Yogi Abhishek Ji who is a certified yoga instructor having 6+ years of experience.

2. Read articles about Yoga to convince yourself to jump on the Yoga wagon.

3. Try meditating for 10-15 minutes.

Meditation 101 is a course designed to introduce meditation to beginners in the right way. Designed by Gourav (Yoga teacher and alumnus of IIT Bombay) and Hitanshi (M Sc. Yoga Therapy with more than 14 years of teaching experience and practice. 

4. Share your thoughts on social media platforms about the same. 

5. All in all, kickstart your well-being journey this International Yoga Day on 21st June 2021!

Suggested Read: A Guide to Yoga Teacher Training Course

The United Nations plans to revel the occasion as follows-

2021 Virtual Event

The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations will hold an online celebration of the 7th annual International Yoga Day on 21 June 2021, from 8:30 to 10:00 am EST, broadcasted live on UN WebTV

Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.” — Beachbody Yoga Expert Elise Joan