International Day of Yoga (IDY) is celebrated every year on 21June worldwide in order to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga. The day is organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations (UN). Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
This year IDY comes in the middle of a health emergency when lifestyle of people across the world has changed. Working from home, home schooling of children and lack of physical contact with friends and others have become new realities of life. But at a time like this, it’s very important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Yoga practice on regular basis is an opportunity to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of an individual.
2020 Theme: "Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home"
In context of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation when social distancing measures adopted by countries to fight the pandemic have restricted the outside movements of people, yoga acts as a powerful tool to deal with the stress of uncertainty and isolation and to maintain physical well-being while staying at home. Recognizing this important role of Yoga, the Permanent Mission of India to UN together with Yoga gurus and therapists, has created a special Yoga module, “Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home”, on the occasion of 6th International Day of Yoga.
This year’s observance of International Day of Yoga aims to highlight the health prompting and stress-relieving aspects of Yoga. With schools closed and summer break activities cancelled; parents may keep their children physically active by Yoga. Kids can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits that adults do. These benefits include increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness and relaxation. Yoga can also play a significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation.
The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations celebrates the 6th annual International Yoga Day on 19 June 2020, by organizing a virtual event online.
“Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family”
To focus on the health- rewards of yoga and to promote yoga at home, on 6th International Day of Yoga, Government of India is supporting this trend by promoting the theme “Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family” in its IDY activities. A video contest -My Life My Yoga (Video Blogging Contest) with attractive prizes has been organized, for which the people are encouraged to post their short video clips performing different Yogasanas.
Ministry of AYUSH, the nodal Ministry for observation of International Day of Yoga across the country, has been fostering and facilitating the trend of practicing Yoga at Home during COVID- 19 crisis through various online and hybrid-online initiatives in the last three months. The IDY this year is being observed on a large scale through the electronic and digital platforms. The 45-minute Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) has been developed by a team of leading Yoga gurus and experts includes safe practices to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the population. The Prime Minister’s remarks on this day will be televised at 6:30 am on 21st June 2020.