India posts issued the International Day of Yoga stamp showing the specially designed logo of Yoga.
June 21, was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations on December 11, 2014.
Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge which aims to integrate the body and the mind.
The logo on stamp reflects harmony and peace for the humanity which is the essence of Yoga.
Folding of both hands in the logo symbolises Yoga, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature, the holistic approach to health and well being, a senior government official said.
The brown leaves in the logo symbolise the earth element, the green leaves the nature, blue the fire element while the sun symbolises the source of energy and inspiration
Initiative for International Day of Yoga
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi took initiative during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 and called for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga.
He stated that:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.
Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
The initiative was supported by many global leaders and among them the first was the Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala.
The record number of more than 177 countries have supported this move, including 175 nations co-sponsoring the resolution.
It had the “highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.On 11 December 2014, the U.N. General Assembly approved by consensus of 193 members a resolution establishing June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’.
Selection of June 21 as International Day of Yoga
Every year in the Northen Hemisphere, the summer solstice falls on June 21. It is the day when Day is the longest and the night shortest. It is the day when earth is at its closest to the Sun in its orbit.
The summer Solstice marks the transition of Sun from Uttarayana to Dakshinayana, according to vedic calendar.
It was day when Lord Shiva first taught Yoga to his diciples. The knowledge of Yoga first decended from shiva on this day.
Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
What is YOGA
The term ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘YUJ’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’.
As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature.
The aim of Yoga is Self-Realization, to overcome all kinds of sufferings leading to ‘the state of liberation’.
This is one of the oldest sciences of the world, originated in India, which is very useful for preserving and maintaining one’s physical and mental health and also for ‘spiritual evolution’.
Yoga, being widely considered as an ‘immortal cultural outcome’ of Indus valley civilization – dating back to 2700 B.C. – has proved itself catering to both material and spiritual upliftment of humanity.
Types of Yoga
According to Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, three form of Yoga – Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Bhagati Yoga – can be practiced for liberation from the pangs of the birth-n-death cycles as propagated by Vedic culture.
Gyan Yoga or philosophy, Bhakti Yoga or path of devotional bliss, Karma Yoga or path of blissful action, and Raja Yoga or path of mind control.
Benefits of Yoga
– yoga and its cleansing practices have proven to be extremely effective for various disorders at physical level.
– Increasing Flexibility
– Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons
– Massaging of ALL Organs of the Body
– Complete Detoxification
– Excellent toning of the muscles
– Increases your blood flow
– Regulates your adrenal glands
– Regulates your adrenal glands
Title: International Day of Yoga
Date of Issue: 21 June 2015
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