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Jagatguru, the Inspiration Behind International Yoga Day (IYD)

Atualizado: 5 de Nov de 2017


by Abha Gupta, Ph.D. , YSN Editor-in-Chief (YSN Vol. 4, No. 1 – Jan. 2016)



On June 21, 2015, the world witnessed an unparalleled event when millions of yoga enthusiasts from around the world celebrated the first International Yoga Day (IYD). Based on the proposal by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations (UN) declared June 21st as International Yoga Day after the passage of a resolution that was supported by as many as 177 countries, an unprecedented level of support in almost 70 years of the UN history. On the first ever

IYD, India set the record for the largest yoga session at a single venue, when 35,985 participants from 84 nationalities were led by Narendra Modi during yoga practice at the New Delhi thoroughfare of Rajpath. On this monumental day, I was fortunate to be at the birthplace of the event, Lisbon, Portugal, where International Yoga Day (IYD), also called World Yoga Day (WYD), the precursor to IYD, began some 14 years ago.


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