When PM Narendra Modi appealed at the UN General Assembly to celebrate World Yoga Day; little did we know that 170 countries will support the plea and that the UN would announce by mid-Dec that June 21 will officially become World Yoga Day!
Why is a World Yoga Day important? Worldwide millions of people are turning to Yoga for more than physical health and fitness; they practice Yoga for emotional comfort, de-stressing mentally and spiritual insight. In fact, Yoga is today one of the world’s great unifying factors with people across continents sharing a common language of Yoga that transcends all other language, national, religious and social barriers. People in New York, Barcelona to Shanghai, Melbourne and Mumbai are all connected through a common practice of Surya Namaskaars and Shoulder stands! When you travel around the world and meet urban yogis from every corner of the world – you can immediately connect with them irrespective of if you speak each other’s language. Yoga is providing a communication bridge for people to share and connect with others around the world. And they learn that the differences are not many between people separated by geography!