Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the 10th International Day of Yoga celebrations in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on June 21, 2024.        

Key Highlights:

Theme of the 10th International Yoga Day

  • This year’s theme, “Yoga for Self and Society,” highlights yoga’s essential role in promoting individual well-being and societal harmony. 

Global Health and Wellness:

  • The event aims to gather thousands of participants to promote global health and wellness through yoga. 
  • The Prime Minister addressed the gathering and participated in the Common Yoga Protocol session, highlighting the importance of yoga in fostering physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

Grassroots Movement:

  • Prime Minister has written to all Gram Pradhans, urging them to make holistic health a people-led movement by raising awareness about yoga and millets. 
  • His letter is expected to spur yoga activities in Panchayats, Anganwadis, and Community Health Centers, continuing the tradition of previous IDY (International Day of Yoga) editions.

Nationwide and Global Celebrations

  • This year’s celebrations will span the nation, with notable events such as “Yoga for Space,” where ISRO centers and units will participate in the Common Yoga Protocol.
  • Globally, Embassies and Indian Missions will join the celebrations, showcasing yoga’s widespread influence.

About the ‘International Day of Yoga’

  • The International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on June 21st. 
  • It was established by the United Nations in 2014 following a proposal by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
  • The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

About ‘Yoga’

  • Yoga, an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice, with roots dating back to 2700 BC, offers a holistic approach to well-being.
  • Seals and fossils from the Indus-Saraswati valley civilization depict people practicing Yoga Sadhana, indicating its early existence despite being undocumented.
  • According to Yogic lore, yoga dates back to the dawn of civilization, with Lord Shiva recognized as the first yogi, or Adiyogi.
  • The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” which means “to yoke or to join” It refers to the union of the mind, body, and spirit. 
  • Yoga combines postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation to promote overall health and well-being.
  • There are many different mudras of yoga, each with its own focus. 
  • Some of the most popular mudras include Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Kundalini yoga. 

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