Did you know the world celebrates yoga every year on June 21? Isn’t that great! Back in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Yoga as a day to promote harmony and peace in the world.
The ancient physical and mental practice that originated in India has evolved into many different styles of yoga that are practiced all around the globe today. But even though it has changed over the millennia, one thing remains: we keep coming back to it because yoga helps us feel better.
June 21 is the International Day of Yoga
The UN picked June 21 because it is typically the day with the longest amount of daylight in the birthplace of yoga, India. It’s a day when we can focus on shining our own light into the world around us.
International Day of Yoga is a day to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga – especially the one we focus on here, feeling better both physically and mentally.
International Day of Yoga 2021: Yoga for Well-Being
Each year the UN picks a theme. The 2021 theme is Yoga for Well-Being. This year it will be observed when COVID-19 continues to spread suffering in India and worldwide. To quote the UN:
The message of Yoga in promoting both the physical and mental well-being of humanity has never been more relevant. A growing trend of people around the world embracing Yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated and to fight social isolation and depression has been witnessed during the pandemic. Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allaying their fears and anxiety.
Recognizing this important role of Yoga, this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Yoga focuses on “Yoga for well-being” – how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual.
Let’s celebrate our love of yoga together! I’m teaching a FREE online class (via Zoom) on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. US Central. Where we’ll focus on our own mental well-being because we when feel better, we do better. And when we feel and do better, those around us feel better too.
If you can’t make the Live class, check out my Mood Boosting Yoga sequence.