Yoga is a practice that gives pleasure, health, and tranquillity from inside, as well as a deeper feeling of continuous connection between an individual’s inner awareness and the outside world. Every year on June 21, people all around the world observe International Day of Yoga. The International Day of Yoga will be celebrated for the eighth time this year. Learn about the history, importance, and International Yoga Day 2022 theme before the big day.
Yoga Day Theme 2022
The eighth edition of IDY will be held across India and around the world on the subject of ‘Yoga for Humanity,’ as stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat speech, and will concentrate on ‘Brand India at Global Stage,’ highlighting its famous locations. The IDY observation is based on a synchronised mass yoga demonstration using a custom-made 45-minute methodology known as the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP).
The ‘Guardian Ring,’ which will broadcast the yoga festivities taking place throughout the globe during the Yoga Day, will be the main attraction this year. ‘The Guardian Ring’ emphasises the notion of ‘One Sun, One Earth’ and demonstrates the uniting force of Yoga.
History Of Yoga
Because of the oral transmission of holy texts and the esoteric nature of its teachings, yoga’s past is riddled with mystery and confusion. Early yoga literature was recorded on delicate palm leaves, which were easily damaged, destroyed, or lost. Yoga’s origins may be dated back over 5,000 years, but other academics believe it may be as ancient as 10,000 years. The lengthy and illustrious history of yoga may be split into four major eras of invention, practise, and progress.
- Pre-Classical Yoga
Over 5,000 years ago, the Indus-Saraswati civilisation in Northern India formed the foundations of Yoga. Yoga was originally referenced in the Rig Veda, the earliest religious literature. The Vedas were a collection of books that included hymns, mantras, and rituals for use by Brahmans, or Vedic priests. The Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers) gradually polished and perfected yoga by documenting their practises and ideas in the upanishads, a massive book encompassing over 200 texts. The most famous of the Yogic texts is the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, which was written approximately 500 B.C.E. The Upanishads internalised the Vedic concept of ceremonial sacrifice, teaching ego sacrifice via self-knowledge, action (karma yoga), and wisdom (jnana yoga).
- Classical Yoga
During the pre-classical period, yoga was a hodgepodge of many ideas, beliefs, and methods that often clashed and contradict one another. Patanjali’s Yoga-Sûtras, the earliest systematic teaching of yoga, characterise the Classical era. This treatise, written somewhere in the second century, defines the way of RAJA YOGA, often known as “classical yoga” Patanjali organised yoga practise into a “eight limbed path” encompassing the steps and stages leading to Samadhi, or enlightenment. Patanjali is widely regarded as the father of yoga, and his Yoga-Sûtras continue to have a profound effect on most current yoga systems.
- Post-Classical Yoga
Yoga gurus developed a series of practises a few centuries after Patanjali to revitalise the body and lengthen life. They abandoned the traditional Vedic teachings and embraced the physical body as the way to enlightenment. They created Tantra Yoga, which includes extreme procedures for cleansing the body and mind in order to untie the ties that bind us to our physical life. This research of physical-spiritual linkages and body-centred practices resulted in the development of what we often refer to as yoga in the West: Hatha Yoga.
- Modern Period
Yoga gurus started to travel to the West in the late 1800s and early 1900s, gaining attention and disciples. Swami Vivekananda dazzled the visitors at the 1893 Parliament of Faiths in Chicago with his talks on yoga and the universality of the world’s religions. Hatha Yoga was heavily promoted in India during the 1920s and 1930s thanks to the efforts of T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, and other Hatha Yoga practitioners.
Yoga Day Quotes
Yoga is a wonderful exercise for both the body and the mind; it provides its practitioners with calm and awareness while also assisting them in dealing with everyday stress. As a result, we’ve produced a list of some of the most inspiring yoga quotes to keep you inspired and thrilled to step on the mat.
- “The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.”
- “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
- “Be where you are, not where you think you should be.”
- “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
- “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” — The Bhagavad Gita
- “The pose begins when you want to leave it.”
- “Letting go is the hardest asana.”
Interesting Facts About Yoga
Whether you’re new to yoga or just want to brush up on your skills, these great yoga facts and benefits will teach you something new!
- There are now over 18,000 registered yoga schools.
- There are close to one billion #yoga posts on Instagram!
- Research has shown that practising yoga can delay ageing.
- Teaching yoga is becoming an increasingly popular career choice.
- In 2016 there were over 52,000 registered yoga teachers.
- There are more than 100 styles of yoga!
- Yoga is the most commonly used complementary health approach in the US
- Over 15% of Americans have practised yoga in the last 6 months.
- Male yoga practitioners are known as ‘yogis’, female practitioners are known as ‘yoginis’
- Americans spend $16 billion on yoga classes and equipment each year.