INDIA: India is a treasure-house of many ancient wellness arts forms. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient traditions, centuries-old techniques aimed towards healing, growth, and self-realisation. Yoga is a holistic approach towards a healthy body, mind, and soul. In today’s scenario when the whole world is fighting against the pandemic; Yoga is one of the finest alternatives to improve immunity. Practicing yoga through asanas, pranayam helps us maintain harmony throughout the Mind, Body, Soul.
On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, wherein he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. 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.“
And, since 2015, 21st June is observed as International Day of Yoga (IDY 2021) all over the world. Ministry of Tourism and its domestic & overseas field offices celebrate IDY on a large scale. To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Tourism hosts Journalists, influencers, Tour Operators, etc. from different parts of the world with Yoga dedicated itineraries. Due to the prevailing situation when actual travel is not advisable, the Ministry of Tourism and its field offices in India and overseas have initiated various online programs based on the theme given by the Ministry of Ayush, “Be With Yoga Be At Home.”
Ministry of Tourism would be promoting yoga as an amalgamation of wellness tourism and spiritual tourism showcasing the major tourist places in India for the same. During weeklong Yoga Day Celebrations, posts/pictures/videos showcasing the importance of yoga will be shared on Ministry’s various social media platforms. Ministry of Tourism is also planning to conduct live sessions with experienced yoga teachers/bloggers/influencers about how yoga transformed their life. Based on this year’s theme “Be With Yoga Be At Home” the Ministry of Tourism would be organising a webinar “Yoga for Immunity” on Saturday, 19 June 2021 at 1100 hrs in association with the Isha Foundation. During the webinar, a Yoga expert from Isha Foundation will be demonstrating Simha Kriya, a simple but powerful yogic practice to improve immunity and overall strength.
The Domestic and Overseas field Offices of the Ministry of Tourism have also planned various programs ensuring the wide participation of the people from different segments of the society and from all age groups to create more awareness about Yoga and how to live a healthy lifestyle. The various programs on IDY 2021 emphasising the importance of yoga in our day-to-day include an online essay, quiz, painting, yoga poster design competitions for students, conducting a webinar with a live demonstration of yoga, E-yoga book, and many more.