International Yoga Day 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead a yoga session at the United Nations Headquarters for the first time on the International Day of Yoga to be celebrated on June 21. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise worldwide awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga. In December 2014, the United Nations declared 21 June as International Yoga Day.
In the advisory issued for the program, it has been said that on the occasion of 9th International Day of Yoga, we invite you to join the yoga session under the leadership of Narendra Modi at the United Nations. The yoga session will take place on June 21 from 8 am to 9 am in the North Lawn at the UN Headquarters, where a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was installed in December last year.
They are expected to participate in the yoga session.
The historic yoga session is expected to be attended by top UN officials, ambassadors, envoys, representatives of member states as well as prominent members of the global and diaspora community. The advisory encourages guests and attendees to wear yoga-friendly attire for the special session and said yoga mats will be provided during the session.
“I look forward to participating in the 9th International Day of Yoga celebrations at the UN next week at the UNHQ North Lawn with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Saba Korosi, President of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, said in a tweet on Thursday.
International Yoga Day was celebrated for the first time in 2015
The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated in 2015 and has since been marked with several sessions and events highlighting the benefits and universal appeal of yoga at the United Nations, Times Square and iconic locations across the world.
The United Nations underlined that yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
The draft UNGA resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.