The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of a person’s body and consciousness. Yoga, which has been practiced for thousands of years, makes you not just curious about self, but the whole universe. To mark the historic and realistic significance of yoga in one’s life, June 21 is observed as International Day of Yoga every year since the United Nations declared it in 2015. On the 5th International Yoga day, events are organized across the world and people come together to practice yoga, meditation, conduct debates, meetings, discussions, along with a variety of cultural performances. The theme for this year’s annual event, which will be celebrated at the United Nations with yoga gurus, followed by a panel discussion, is ‘Climate Action’.
Indian animated characters Motu Patlu perform yoga during a mass yoga event at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the 5th International Day of Yoga.
A yoga enthusiast performs Mallakhamba during a mass yoga session at Rajpath in New Delhi.
Participants perform yoga during a mass yoga event at Ridge in Shimla.
Women in Varanasi getting together for yoga day celebrations.
CISF personnel along with others perform yoga at Victoria Memorial ground in Kolkata.
Indian Army personnel perform yoga in the icy ranges of the Himalayas.
A Yoga instructor leads parliamentarians and officials at Parliament, in New Delhi.
56 countries. 7 organisations. 250 diplomats on yoga mats at Ministry of External Affairs, India.
And here is a picture Dog squad of Armed Forces performing yoga along with their trainers on Yoga Day that will put a smile to your face at the end of your rough week!