International Yoga Day
• Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge.
• The aim of Yoga is Self-Realization, to overcome all kinds of sufferings leading to ‘the state of liberation’. This is one of the oldest sciences of the world, originated in India, which is very useful for preserving and maintaining one’s physical and mental health and also for ‘spiritual evolution’.
• Yoga has spread all over the world by the teachings of great personalities like Swami Shivananda, Shri T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Kuvalayananda, Shri Yogendara, Swami Rama, Sri Aurobindo, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Acharya Rajanish, Pattabhijois, BKS. Iyengar, Swami Satyananda Sarasvati and the like.
• These different Philosophies, Traditions, lineages and Guru-shishya paramparas of Yoga lead to the emergence of different Traditional Schools of Yoga e.g. Jnana-yoga, Bhakti-yoga, Karma-yoga, Dhyana-yoga, Patanjala-yoga, Kundalini-yoga, Hatha-yoga, Mantra-yoga, Laya-yoga, Raja-yoga, Jain-yoga, Bouddha-yoga etc. Each school has its own principles and practices leading to altimate aim and objectives of Yoga.
• WHO has recognized Yoga as one of several traditional therapeutic systems originates in India and Yoga training and therapy departments are being opened in reputed, established medical Institutions and hospitals.
• The First International Yoga Day, which was celebrated across the globe today with the theme ”Yoga for Harmony and Peace”.
• Outside India, the 1st International Day of Yoga was celebrated in all the Countries of the world (except war torn Yemen) by the Ministry of External Affairs in association with Ministry of AYUSH and various Yoga organizations.
• This year the International Yoga day will be celebrated in Chandigarh.