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Yoga Day 2019: Climate Action, SDG 13 is theme this year

United Nations has adopted the ‘Climate Action’ as the theme of fifth annual International Day of Yoga to be observed on June 21, 2019. The Climate Action is also Goal 13 in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. According to the programme schedule of UNO Headquarters in New York, there will be "Yoga with Gurus” on June 20 followed by a panel discussion on June, 21.

The first International Day for Yoga was observed with unparalleled enthusiasm and voluntary public participation in 192 out of 193 countries. Yoga, the Indian practice of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing has become an epitome of voluntarism and public participation since it was sponsored by an all-time record of 177 members of the UN General Assembly in 2014.

Although practised regularly by many throughout the world the special preparations have already started for the fifth Yoga Day. Here we provide you with a platform for regular updates on Yoga Day besides opportunities to share your views, posts, photos and videos.


Siddheshwar Shukla
Updated: 08-06-2019 16:38 IST
Yoga Day 2019: Climate Action, SDG 13 is theme this year

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08-06-2019 04:38:33 PM

Regulator directs Indian universities to plan events and activities for Yoga Day

Regulator directs Indian universities to plan events and activities for Yoga Day

In the countdown has begun for the International Day of Yoga on June 21, the University Grants Commission which is the topmost regulatory body of universities in the country has issued a reminder to the universities to plan events and activities of Yoga in their campuses. 

Also Read: UGC directs Universities to organise Yoga demonstrations on International Day of Yoga

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08-06-2019 04:23:48 PM

India announces 33 media awards on Yoga Day 2019

India announces 33 media awards on Yoga Day 2019

With a view to involving media houses across the languages to carry forward the positive message of Yoga on the International Day of Yoga, the Government of India on Saturday announced 33 media awards. These awards will be given to the best print and electronic media in each category for the best coverage and innovative media campaigns on Yoga. 

Also Read: Indian government announces 33 media awards on Yoga Day

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07-06-2019 01:16:21 PM

'Heartfullness' running 90 days campaign for Yoga Day 2019

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06-06-2019 02:20:27 PM

Indian government and missions abroad launch innovative campaigns for Yoga Day

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06-06-2019 12:37:18 PM

Faux Pas on Yoga Day 2019? Indian Ayush Ministry continues with the old theme

Faux Pas on Yoga Day 2019? Indian Ayush Ministry continues with the old theme

Ministry of Ayush, the nodal ministry of the Government of India to observe the International Day of Yoga on June 21, since it was first adopted by the United Nations in 2015; has continued with the previous year's theme in its logo.

The United Nations has adopted 'Climate Action' as the theme for International Day of Yoga 2019 which is also SDG 13 in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set up by the United Nations in 2015 for the year 2030. https://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/ 

According to the programme schedule of UNO Headquarters in New York, there will be "Yoga with Gurus” on June 20 followed by a panel discussion on June, 21.  However, the logo at UNO also mentions 'Yoga for Peace and Harmony'. 

However, the Indian Ministry of Ayush in its logo of the International Day of Yoga 2019 has mentioned - Yoga for Peace and Harmony; which was the theme of the International Day of Yoga - 2018. 

The Ministry is using this logo in its all the publicity materials including the animated videos of the Yoga poses created for awareness in the run to the preparations for the fifth International Day of Yoga - 2019. 

Namaskar! Let us look at Makarāsana today. In Sanskrit, Makara means crocodile. In this āsana, the body acquires a crocodile-like posture. Makarāsana helps in relaxing the whole body and in recovering from back problems.#YogaDay2019#IDY2019#AYUSH#ZindagiRaheKhush pic.twitter.com/9EuVmZfSKO

— Ministry of AYUSH (@moayush) June 6, 2019

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05-06-2019 05:26:28 PM

Indian PM Narendra Modi adorns the role of 'Yoga instructor' through animated video

Indian PM Narendra Modi adorns the role of 'Yoga instructor' through animated video

 Modi, however, has not disclosed whether this is standalone videos or regular feature on his twitter handle till the International Day of Yoga but given the mode of presentation, it is being assessed that he would release the animated videos of more Yoga asanas probably on daily basis. 

June 21 was designated World Yoga Day on PM Modi's suggestion in his speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014, months after he was first elected to office. Since then, the government marks the day in a big way with thousands participating in mass Yoga events across the country.

 
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04-06-2019 06:36:55 PM

Registration starts for 5th Yoga Day celebrations at United Nations in New York

Registration starts for 5th Yoga Day celebrations at United Nations in New York

The registration of participants for the celebration of the fifth International Day of Yoga at United Nation’s Headquarter in New York has started. According to the schedule the main event will be held between 17.30 to 19.30 on June 21 in North Lawn of the United Nations. 

“The entry to the UN Headquarters will require individual UN access passes, that will be issued by the UN Security,” said UN in a communication. The interested persons are required to apply online for the passes if approved the passes would be issued from the Permanent Mission of India located at 235, East 43rd Street, New York. “At the UN Entrance Gate, participants will be required to present the UN access pass along with valid government-issued ID proof,” it added. 

The UN officials at the rank of Permanent Representative or Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission Delegate, Under-Secretary-General or Assistant Secretary-General, UN Staff, UN Consultant, UN Intern, UN retiree, UN Accredited NGO, and UN accredited Journalist area also required to apply for passes of the event with their designations mentioned in the form. This will be the 5th such annual celebration of the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations. The UN General Assembly Resolution A/Res/69/131, which was adopted by acclamation in December 2014 with a record number of 177 co-sponsoring member states, establishing the international day of Yoga for observance by the United Nations on June 21 each year.

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03-06-2019 09:17:13 PM

These six Yoga poses should be avoided in menstruation days

These six Yoga poses should be avoided in menstruation days

As the world is gearing up for the fifth International Day of Yoga 2019, there would be several mass Yoga events. Indeed, Yoga is the best way to keep your body fit and vibrant. However, there are certain asanas (poses) that should be avoided by girls and women in their period days.

These poses may cause excessive bleeding and pain in menstruating girls and women. According to the experts - Hand Stand, Head Stand, Shoulder Stand, Plow Pose, Scorpion Pose, Crow Pose, and Bow Pose should be avoided during menstruation days. Recommended asanas to improve your menstrual health without stressing your system are Balasana, Dandasana, Santhulanasana and Paschimottanasana. 

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03-06-2019 08:43:13 PM

Yoga removed from Delhi University's Sports List before 5th Yoga Day 2019

Yoga removed from Delhi University's Sports List before 5th Yoga Day 2019

As the world is gearing up to celebrate the fifth International Day for Yoga 2019, the new administration in Delhi University has removed Yoga from sports quota list and put it under Extra Curricular Activities (ECA). Yoga was part of the sports quota list in the Delhi University till last year. There were 12 sports that were excluded from the list of games under which students could seek admission in the sports quota. 

Interestingly, the decision to remove Yoga from sports list of Delhi University was taken by a Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi who was appointed by BJP leader NDA government. As the International Day of Yoga was proposed in the UN General Assembly by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, the Government of India is turning the stones to promote the ancient knowledge but the recent decision of Yogesh Tyagi administration in Delhi University is being looked at a setback for many teachers of the university. 

These include archery (Indian round), ball badminton, baseball (women), softball (men), korfball (male), 4x100m relay race, cross-country running, cycling, fencing, power-lifting, best physique and yoga. The varsity Thursday said yoga has been excluded from the sports list and added as an activity, while 27 sports under the sports quota that are part of the Olympics, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championship and Paralympics have been included.

Also Read: 12 sports excluded from DU sports quota list, Yoga now falls under ECA

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03-06-2019 08:25:57 PM

Yoga improves physical and mental well being: University of Edinburgh

Amid the raising dispute on Yoga in the European world and some hardcore Christians and Muslims, the researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK have concluded that practising yoga can boost muscle strength and balance in older adults as well as improve mental wellbeing. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK reviewed 22 studies that had investigated the effects of yoga on physical and mental wellbeing in older adults.

The yoga programmes varied in length from one month to seven months, and the duration of sessions ranged from 30 to 90 minutes. The statistical analysis combined the results of the studies to see the effects of yoga compared with no activity, and compared to other activities such as walking and chair aerobics.

Also Read: Yoga improves important physical, psychological outcomes in older adults

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