June 21st: International Yoga Day

  • 21 Jun 2024

The International Yoga Day (IYD) is observed every year on June 21st to highlight its immense benefits for overall health and well-being.

Key Points

  • This observance was established by the United Nations in 2014. This year's celebration theme, “Yoga for Self and Society,” emphasises yoga's impact on personal well-being and community health.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of a global day dedicated to yoga during his 2014 address to the United National General Assembly (UNGA).
  • In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution declaring June 21st as ‘International Yoga Day’.
  • The United Nations describes yoga as an ancient practise with physical, mental, and spiritual elements, originating in India.
  • The word ‘yoga’ comes from Sanskrit, meaning to join or unite, which signifies the integration of body and consciousness.