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International Day of Yoga 2023

  • 21 Jun 2023
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Why in News?

The 9th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated on June 21st with various events and initiatives taking place across the country.

  • This year's IDY theme, "Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," which highlights India's socio-cultural heritage and promotes unity.

What are the Key Highlights of IDY 2023?

  • Promoting Tribal Artisans:
  • Ocean Ring of Yoga:
    • Indian Navy and Merchant ships will organize yoga demonstrations at ports and vessels of friendly countries, fostering global participation.
  • Yoga from the Arctic to Antarctica:
    • Coordination between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Ayush to organize yoga events in countries along the Prime Meridian line and UN member countries.
    • Yoga sessions to be held at Himadri in the Arctic and Bharati in Antarctica, showcasing yoga's reach to extreme regions.
  • Yoga Bharatmala and Yoga Sagarmala:
  • National Level Initiatives:
    • The Prime Minister will lead yoga at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, demonstrating a global commitment to yoga.
    • The Ministry of Ayush encourages "Har Aangan Yoga" which means Yoga in the courtyard of every house, by enabling yoga observation at the village level.

What is Historical Background and Significance?

  • Background:
    • The idea of International Day of Yoga (IDY) was proposed by India during the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held in 2014.
      • The UN proclaimed 21st June as IDY by passing a resolution in December 2014.
      • The first Yoga Day celebrations in 2015 at Rajpath in New Delhi created two Guinness World Records.
        • It was the world's largest yoga session with 35,985 people.
        • 84 nationalities participated in it.
  • Yoga and its Significance:
    • Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
      • The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
      • Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
      • Yoga plays an important role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of Covid-19 patients in quarantine and isolation.
      • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also asked its member states to practice Yoga and has included it in its Global Action Plan for physical activity 2018-30.

What are the Related Initiatives?

  • M-Yoga App:
    • The Prime Minister announced the M-Yoga App which will help in achieving ‘One World One Health’.
      • The app is a work of collaboration between the WHO and the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India.
  • New Website for International Day of Yoga (IDY):
    • This web portal provides all the updated and relevant information relating to International Day of Yoga.
    • It has a social wall where all the social media interactive platforms are available for the visitors to keep track on the discussions and participate in them.
    • The portal is also linked to important web pages such as Swachh Bharat, Make in India, etc.
  • Yoga Recognized as a Sports Discipline:
    • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, after reviewing categorization of various Sports disciplines, recognized Yoga as a sports discipline and placed it in the ‘Priority’ category in September 2015.
  • Common Yoga Protocol:
    • The Ministry of Ayush in its ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ has listed Yama, Niyama, Asana, etc. among popular yoga ‘sadhanas’.
  • Vocational Education Courses in Yoga:
    • The Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council (B&WSSC) has vocational education courses in Yoga for CBSE schools.
    • B&WSSC is established as a non-profit organization under the aegis of National Skill Development Corporation, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Various Skilling initiatives:
  • Fit India Movement:
    • Yoga is also a part of the Fit India Movement.
    • Fit India Movement is a nation-wide campaign that aims at encouraging people to include physical activities and sports in their everyday lives.

Source: TH

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