International Yoga Day or International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on 21st June. The United Nations has marked the day to raise awareness about the many benefits of practising Yoga for people all over the world. Apart from physical and mental relaxation, Yoga also helps develop strength, flexibility and resilience. The unique combination of all these factors and benefits makes Yoga a popular practice for people across the globe. This is especially important in times of the pandemic when the mental and physical health of individuals has come under dire stress.
International Yoga Day 2022: Theme
As per the official UN website, the theme for International Yoga Day 2022 is 'Yoga for Humanity'. People around the world embraced yogic practices during the difficult times of the Coronavirus pandemic. "Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation," read the official note. The reason they chose Yoga for Humanity as the theme was, "Yoga can be an important instrument in the collective quest of humanity for promoting sustainable lifestyle in harmony with planet Earth."
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International Yoga Day 2022: History And Significance
The proposal to create an International Yoga Day was first proposed by India at the United Nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in his address at the opening of the 69th General Assembly, "Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature."
The draft resolution for International Day of Yoga was endorsed by a record-high 175 member states. On 11th December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21st June as International Day of Yoga by a unanimous resolution. The resolution notes "the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health."
The World Health Organisation has also asked member states to help citizens reduce physical inactivity through Yoga. The WHO has also mentioned Yoga as a means to improve health in its Global Action Plan for physical activity 2018-30.
International Yoga Day 2022: Foods To Support Yogic Practice
While practising Yoga, one must note that it is important to eat the right kind of diet. It is best to keep a light diet before the Yoga session, so avoid eating heavy meals prior to your workout. Experts suggest having a small snack an hour prior to the session such as nuts, seeds, berries or dried fruits.
After doing Yoga, it is a good idea to drink plenty of water to replenish the fluids of the body. Do not overeat or stuff yourself up after the Yoga session. Eat healthy and nutritious meals which are light and easy to digest.
Happy International Yoga Day 2022!
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