If there’s one International ‘day’ which is most meaningful to us, it’s got to be the International Day of Yoga, which just happens to be this Wednesday!
The day is observed internationally each year on 21st June, which is the date agreed by the United Nations in 2014 in recognition of the practice’s global appeal.
Each year the day has a theme, and this year the theme is ‘yoga for health’, which sounds just perfect to us as the physical and mental health benefits of yoga are why we do what we do at YogaBears.
Yoga originated in India, and is an ancient practice based on physical, mental and spiritual flow and movement. This is perfectly summed up by the origin of the word ‘yoga’ which is derived from Sanskrit and means to ‘join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness’.
This is why yoga has the global following that it does – it doesn’t matter what country you’re from, what language you speak, culture, religion, race… it can be practised and enjoyed by all, and the benefits can be felt by anyone who put their mind (and body) to it.
The theme of ‘Yoga for Health’ is explained by the UN as:
“the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body. The organizers believe that this approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.”
So whether you’re already a bonafide yogi, or if you’re new to the game and wanting to get involved, there’s no better day to get your yoga mat out and unite your body and mind over a good old warrior pose!
Find out more about why yoga is so good for children.