21 June is the longest day in the northern hemisphere. This day, International Day of Yoga, was proposed by India during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly.
The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. The theme of 2022 Yoga Day celebrations is ‘Yoga for Humanity’. The year 2022 marks the eighth International Day of Yoga. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, announced that June 21 will be seen as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day. Since 2015, International Yoga Day is being been celebrated on June 21 worldwide
Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
—Shri. Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister of India
UN General Assembly (2014)