Yoga offers you ‘Sky above, Earth below and Peace within’! #IDY2017
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 21: India has been practicing Yoga since ancient times as Yoga is a way to learn and understand the spiritual India. Yoga defines the culture and heritage of India which also describes the way to lead a healthy life. Today while our lives are stuck amidst the stress and hectic routine, our body and mind craves for peace and tranquility – which can be attained through Yoga. Let us unite on the eve of InternationalYogaDay 2017 and encourage healthier minds for healthy ‘us’.

International Yoga Day is celebrated across the globe with various themes to highlight the importance of Yoga. This year’s International Yoga Day is already been celebrated before the actually day which is 21st June as heavy participation has been observed throughout the world. International Yoga Day 2017 will be celebrated on 21st June across the world with the theme of ‘Yoga for Health.’ Yoga in India is considered to be around 5,000 year old mental, physical and spiritual practice. Yoga was originated in India in ancient time when people were used of meditation to transform their body and mind.

During Mann ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi complemented practice of Yoga by saying that Yoga is India's prescription of wellness to the world, and urged people to perform Yoga in everyday life. He added that in a family of three generations, all the three generations should perform Yoga and upload their pics in the Narendra Modi App. Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik is hopeful that all countries will participate in the third International Yoga Day this year.

Yoga was propounded by the ancient Indian sage Patanjali and is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yog' which means 'union,' presumably union with the divine being or God. Practicing Yoga is not just key techniques to recline you. They can be chosen to channelize your mind, revive your soul and keep your body fit.

Earlier civilizations have carvings of stones sculptures, statues, texts, etc which portrayed the significance of Yoga, the postures, benefits not only to individuals but for society as whole. Yoga was considered as a way to connect with the invisible world and revolved around a sacrifice – a sacrifice of the self. The oldest known yogic teachings are known as Vedic yoga or archaic yoga, and can be found in four Vedas – Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda.

This time the celebration of World Yoga Day has been started prior the date with full enthusiasm. Yoga indeed is an integral part of Indian culture and changes in the same has been observed in each period of the history. So come be a part of the true India and learn yoga for the betterment of body and soul.

Meanwhile, events for International Yoga Day 2017 have already kicked off in several countries in the last week. Following are the list of events which are going to take place on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2017:

  1. Mysuru will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga in a fittingly high-profile way, by attempting to create a new Guinness Record for the largest number of people taking part in a yoga class.
  2. New Yorkers who want to find some inner peace in the city can head to Times Square for a free yoga class on Wednesday, June 21, which also happens to be Summer Solstice.
  3. Aiming to set a country record, Malaysia will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga by attempting to hold its largest ever yoga session in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, with 10,000 participants.
  4. Singapore will host its first International Day of Yoga this year, with around 50 events happening across the country, and all free of charge. The events were held from June 17 till 25 and at locations as diverse as Changi Airport, ION Orchard Mall, and schools and universities.
  5. Fitness giant Lululemon will be offering four free yoga classes on June 21 at their Scarborough Town Centre location in Toronto. The range of classes includes metabolic fire starter, freedom flow, slow flow and aromatherapy yoga. Canada also celebrates its own International Yoga Day Canada on June 25 with more events.