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International Yoga Day 2021: Here Is All You Need To Know

According to experts, Yoga relaxes the mind and body and promotes holistic wellbeing; Here is all you need to know about the International Yoga Day that every year on June 21 celebrates the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world

International Yoga Day 2021: Here Is All You Need To Know
Highlights
  • Yoga is said to have originated thousands of years ago in India
  • This year marks the 7th edition of International Yoga Day on June 21
  • UN General Assembly in 2014 assigned June 21 as International Yoga Day

New Delhi: International Yoga Day is observed every year on June 21 to raise awareness about this ancient practice and to celebrate the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world. According to the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice. It said that yoga plays an important role in relaxing the mind and body and boosting people’s immune system. Yoga has been around for ages and has garnered popularity across the world over the years, said the ministry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when working remotely has become the new normal, Yoga also encourages people to remain active and have a more balanced state of mind. Into its 7th edition this year, here is all you need to know about International Yoga Day.

Also Read: Yoga Helped People During Pandemic, Has Increasing Global Acceptance: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

International Yoga Day: History

The concept of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on September 27, 2014. The UNGA on December 11, 2014, adopted a draft resolution, declaring June 21 as International Yoga Day which was supported by about 177 countries. Next year, on June 21, 2015, the world celebrated the first International Yoga Day.

Yoga For Well-Being: International Yoga Day 2021 Theme

According to the United Nations, the theme for International Yoga Day 2021 is ‘Yoga for Well-Being’ and how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual. It further elaborates on how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge psychological impact along with the fallouts on the physical health front. “The message of Yoga in promoting both the physical and mental well-being of humanity has never been more relevant,” read the official note on International Day of Yoga.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has mentioned Yoga as a means to improve health in its Global Action Plan for physical activity 2018-30. UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) says children 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 relaxations.

Yoga Day: Celebrations And Activities

This year’s Yoga Day celebration will consist of individuals participating in large numbers in the event for the demonstration of yoga at 7 am that is being organised by the Ministry of Ayush. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the event at 6:30 am. The event will also include an address by the Minister of State for Ayush Kiren Rijiju and a live yoga demonstration by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, according to a government release.

In order to encourage people to adopt Yoga and stay healthy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN and the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India will be conducting a series of virtual events like “Yoga and Me” photography contest, jingle composing competition, discussions, quizzes, among others.

Also Read: Union Health Minister Releases COVID-19 Management Protocol Based On Ayurveda And Yoga

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World

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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