21st June 2021

Yoga is an ancient practice originating in India that combines physical, mental, and spiritual pursuits to achieve harmony of the body and mind. There are numerous benefits of practising yoga regularly, and so the idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014.

The theme for International Yoga Day 2021 is 'Yoga for Well-Being' and how the practice of Yoga can promote the holistic health of every individual. The day will be marked at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to consume the livelihoods of people globally. Beyond its immediate impact on physical health, the COVID-19 pandemic has also intensified psychological suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, as pandemic-related restrictions continue in various forms in many countries. This highlights the urgent need to address the mental health dimension of the pandemic, in addition to the physical health aspects. 

The message of yoga in promoting both the physical and mental well-being of humanity has never been more relevant. A growing trend of people around the world embracing yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated, and to fight social isolation and depression, has been witnessed during the pandemic.

Here, at the agency, yoga is a firm favourite - check out Rosa and Dipesh showcasing some of their yoga exercise in honour of this day.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/yoga-day 

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