International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June every year and came into being in the year 2015. It is a day that was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly and is held on the 21st day of June since it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi first proposed the idea of celebrating a day dedicated to Yoga during his speech at the UNGA in the year 2014.
Yoga is a practice which finds its origin and roots in India and combines improvement of not just our body but also our mind and heart. After Mr. Narendra Modi proposed the idea of International Yoga Day, a draft signed and supported by 177 member countries was passed and the day became an internationally accepted phenomenon.
Every year since 2015, people all over the world come together and perform yoga poses and exercises to mark the importance of this practice. This year on 21st June, about 72 students and teachers from a Lucknow school will be performing Yogic exercises at the UN headquarters in New York and will encourage the world to try and embed this practice in their lives.