Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition to the world. On the 11th December 2014, United Nations General Assembly adopted the 21st June as the International Day of Yoga, first celebrated in 2015. This day marked the creation of two Guinness world records, awarded to the Ministry of Ayush for Largest Yoga Class (35985 people Including Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi) and Nationalities Participating (84 nations).
Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within. Yoga is the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. Yoga means union, the union of body and consciousness, the unity of mind and body; the thought and action; the restraint and fulfilment; and the harmony between man and nature. Yoga is not just a repetition of few postures; it is more about exploring and discovering the subtle energies of life. The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
Lord Shiva, the first yoga practitioner (Adi Yogi), is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of Yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first guru (Adi Guru). The Bhagavad Gita says, Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. Yoga is not just a repetition of few postures; it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. Patanjali brings the Eight Yoga Saturas, which are 1-Yamas (ethics), 2-Niyamas (virtuous behaviours), 3-Asana (postures), 4-Pranayama (breath), 5-Pratyahara (awareness), 6-Dhahran (concentration), 7-Dhyana (reflection), and 8-Samadhi (union).
To mark this occasion of international yoga day, the Government of India has released the commemorative coin with the theme “YOGA FOR HARMONY & PEACE.”