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International Day of Yoga 2019

International Day of Yoga 2019

Just like every year since 2015, 21 June 2019 will mark the International Day of Yoga, which will be on its 5th year this time. Unofficially but commonly referred to as Yoga Day, this day was unanimously declared by the United Nations General Assembly or UNGA. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address on 27 September 2014 suggested the date 21 June because it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga, an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word "yoga" was derived from Sanskrit and means "to join or to unite", which refers to the union of the body and the consciousness.

In Australia, Yoga Day is celebrated in all the major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Various programs are already planned like yoga and meditation classes, talks and seminars about the significance and benefits of yoga, as well as speeches and appearances by some of the most popular yoga personalities in the country.

Last year's celebration, with the theme "Yoga for Peace", saw 100,000 people in Kota, Rajasthan gathering for the world's largest yoga session that earned the city a Guinness World Record.

To learn more about this year's celebration and to be able to participate with the festivities, you can check out this Facebook page or follow this @iDayofYoga on Twitter.

International Day of Yoga 2019

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