A line from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, “yogas chitta vritti nirodha” refers to stilling the mind in order to experience Ultimate Reality and move toward Self-realization.
Yogas chitta vritti nirodha is Patanjali’s definition of yoga. It means that yoga is the eliminating the oscillations and vacillations of the mind. Yoga is the calming of the mind until it rests in a state of total and utter tranquility, so that one experiences the reality of life as it is. One experiences life through the clearest of lenses — lenses not coloured by thoughts of good or bad, or mine or yours. When the instabilities of the mind are totally removed, we are at one with everything and all that is. We experience unity, or harmony with all. We have no separation from our inner divinity and the Divine. This is yoga.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General assembly on 27 September 2014. He stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 you, 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.”
The origins of yoga are shrouded in mystery and mythology while some historians find many clues in the practices of Himalayan Shamans as still be seen in Tibet and Nepal. The Lord Shiva is considered the father of ancient yoga while some historian claims that Patanjali is the father of modern yoga.
By the 5th century, BC yoga was becoming well known and begun to appear in Vedic Scripture. The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word and it comes from the root word Yuja which basically means to bind to align to hold.
Following this initial proposal, the UNGA held informal consultations on the draft resolution entitled “International Day of Yoga”, on 14 October 2014. The consultations were convened by the delegation of India. In 2015 Reserve Bank of India issued a 10 rupees commemorative coin to mark the International Day of Yoga.
On 11 December 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Mr. Asoke Kumar Mukherjee introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States who sponsored the text, which was adopted without a vote. This initiative found support from many global leaders. A total of 177 nations co-sponsored the resolution, which is the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature.
When proposing 21 June as the date, Mr Narendra Modi said that the date was the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world
Please find here the International Yoga Day Common Yoga Protocol issued by Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) for your benefit and practice. Make Yoga a part of your life and enjoy the benefits at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Hope you will participate in International Yoga Day Celebration on 21 June, 2019 and keep on habit od doing the same prayers and ashanas.
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