Last year saw the first International Yoga day on June 21, 2015 to commemorate the ancient Indian tradition. Led by the Ministry of event also had Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of the participant, he has always stated the benefits of yoga and wants it to become an integral part of every Indian’s life.
Last year saw around 36,000 people and dignitaries from 84 nations came together for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi to perform 21 yoga asanas and set two new world records. According to the ministry, a total of 35,000 people are expected to participate in the event, another 70,000 residents will do yoga at 200 locations across the city. The June 21 event will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Capitol Complex in the city.
However, this year, the main event of the International Yoga Day will be organised in UT of Chandigarh with major focus on connecting youth in the country, the Indian AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) ministry recently revealed.
According to Anil Ganeriwala, Joint Secretary AYUSH ministry,"We have decided to organise the main event of Yoga Day this time in Chandigarh. Anyone who wants to feel the euphoria of the day can visit the city".
The administration is also trying to rope up actress Shilpa Shetty, yoga guru Ramdev Baba, Dalai Lama, Sri SriRavishankar to be a part of the campaign. Chief Ministers of both the states Punjab and Haryana, Parkash Singh Badal and Manohar Lal Khattar, respectively will also be present.
Also special passes will be issued top people who do not wish to perform yoga but will like to watch the dignitaries doing yoga. A special corner will be arranged for the spectators.
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution on Dec. 11, 2014, declaring June 21 as World Yoga Day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the same during his first address to the U.N. General Assembly in June 2014.
With yoga centers mushrooming worldwide and celebrities swearing to it for better life, it has also turned into a major business opportunity. Even in the US, after the overwhelming success of last year’s maiden International Day of the Yoga celebration, New York City is all set to make it larger in the second year. Instead of a single day celebration, as it happened in 2015 on June 21, this time it’s going to be a 19 daylong event from June 10 to 28 in and around New York.
However, the last year celebrations faced flak from minorities group stating that OM chanting should not be made compulsory. AYUSH minister Shripad Naik said “Om is a universal word. There is no religious connotation to it. It will be a part of the yoga day programme just like last year, but it has not been made compulsory. Those who want to chant Om can do it. Others can say something else they wish. It is up to them”.
Yoga is a holistic way to approach life and health, now the ancient science of mental and physical health is practiced all over world. Yoga teaches the process of reaching the ultimate through eight steps or limbs — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi. To quote from Modi’s speech at the United Nations, “Yoga is a philosophy of disciplined meditation that transforms the spirit to make us a better person in thought, action, knowledge, and devotion”.