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International Day of Yoga

In 2014, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Group of people doing yoga.

Western yoga practice.

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What is Yoga?

Yoga is a series of exercises that combines physical, mental, and spiritual practice. The word itself is derived from Sanscrit and means to join or unite.

Growing Popularity

Originating in India, yoga was introduced to the west in the late 19th and early 20th century. Since the 1980s, the number of yoga practitioners has grown each year.

Many Different Practices

Today yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow as a sport and a lifestyle. Traditional yoga has a meditative and spiritual core in addition to the physical exercises. The result is a wide variety of schools, practices, and goals within the yoga community.

Yoga for Peace

It is because of yoga's holistic approach to body and mind that the UN decided to dedicate June 21 to this ancient tradition.

"Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress.” said Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.

International Day of Yoga Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SunJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2016TueJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2017WedJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2018ThuJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2019FriJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2020SunJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2021MonJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2022TueJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2023WedJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2024FriJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance
2025SatJun 21International Day of YogaUnited Nations observance

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