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

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

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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