It’s hard to believe that it’s finally here, but at long last: World Yoga Day! Actually, it’s really only been around for a year. On June 21, 2015, the United Nations introduced the International Day of Yoga (IDY). Why? To promote global health, harmony and peace, obviously.
The idea was first proposed in September 2014 by Narendra Modi, and then was formally proposed to the UN General Assembly by India’s Permanent Representative, Asoke Mukherji. June 21 was chosen as the official date, for its spiritual significance in many parts of the world, as well as it being the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Obviously, the idea really took hold in India, where yoga is an ancient tradition that represents and promotes a sense of harmony, unity and promotes wellness in their culture. The country makes a point in involving youth in the celebration; after all, it’s a source of national pride.
But the really exciting part is that although yoga happens to be rooted in Indian history, there are so many yoga fans across the world that in 2015, millions of people of unprecedented diversity all celebrated. In a fateful turn of events, yoga turned out to be – even if only for a moment – a unifying force across the globe that touched millions and represents tremendous steps forward for modern times!
Ok, well, whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: I’m not going to pass up a chance to celebrate yoga! So, everyone, be sure to make time for some yoga postures this June 21 at sunset – wherever you are. In doing so, you’ll be taking part in an activity we all love, and that has transcended nationalistic boundaries and united us all as global citizens! Yay Yoga!
Jessica currently lives in San Diego, CA, with her boyfriend, Tom, and their two miniature schnauzers – Jackson and Delilah. She has degrees from the University of San Diego and Columbia University, and is a Therapist, currently working in the field of adolescent mental health.