orld Yoga Day theme for the 2017 celebration is 'Yoga for Health.' The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving symmetry between mind & body.
Yoga, an ancient practice that has been related to cultural, spiritual and physical activity for more than 2,000 years, has become increasingly popular in today's non-stop world. Yoga provides a relaxing, positive retreat from the hectic everyday lives and a way of living with a purpose to achieve a healthy body with a healthy, spiritual mind.
The art of practicing yoga balances all three aspects of mind, body & soul by helping to achieve a peaceful mental state; relieving stress and anxiety; and improving immunity, breathing, and vitality. It increases flexibility, muscle strength, and poise.
What might seem like simply stretching and posing is actually a lot more than that; regular practice of yoga encourages overall health and wellness, changing for the better the way you feel, look, and move.
In 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested to the United Nations that June 21 should be celebrated as International Yoga Day as that day is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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 yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." — Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister at the UN General Assembly, September 2014.