International Yoga Day, celebrated annually on June 21st, was established by the United Nations in 2014 to recognize the universal benefits of yoga. This day promotes global awareness of yoga’s holistic approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Originating in ancient India, yoga encompasses practices that enhance flexibility, strength, and inner peace.International Yoga Day encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to practice yoga, highlighting its role in fostering harmony and balance in life. Events and workshops are held worldwide, uniting individuals in the shared pursuit of health and tranquility through yoga.
This time Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been a pivotal figure in promoting yoga globally since 2015, will lead the celebrations from Srinagar.
“Yoga For Self And Society” is a theme that the Ministry of Ayush, has dedicated for IDY celebrations for the 10th International Day of Yoga (IDY -2024). It is for the individual, for the overall development of oneself with, and for the society at large.

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In today’s day Yoga for the new generation is not just a physical and mental activity but also that can help them de-stress. We all are struggling in this modern life. Everyone is stressed with their life; all are very workaholic and have an over usage of gadgets. This leads to physical and mental problems. If we want to change the new generation, we need to change them entirely in order to break the life pattern and embrace a more beautiful lifestyle. It is possible through Yoga. Yoga is not only a physical exercise. It can help you become proficient in all aspects — physical, mental, and spiritual.
Dietary guidelines for yoga
A few dietary guidelines can ensure that the body and mind are flexible and well-prepared for Yoga practice. A vegetarian diet is usually recommended, and for a person over 30 years, two meals a day should suffice, except in cases of illness or high physical activity or labour.

How Yoga can help
Yoga is essentially a path to liberation from all bondage. However, medical research in recent years has uncovered many physical and mental benefits that Yoga offers, corroborating the experiences of millions of practitioners. A small sampling of research points to certain benefits of practising Yoga such as the ones listed below:
Yoga is beneficial for physical fitness, musculo-skeletal functioning, and cardio-vascular health.

  • It is beneficial in the management of diabetes, respiratory disorders, hypertension, hypotension,
  • and many lifestyle-related disorders.
  • Yoga helps to reduce depression, fatigue, anxiety disorders, and stress.
  • Yoga helps to regulate menstrual and menopausal symptoms.
  • Yoga is the process of creating a healthy body and a stable mind, which are prerequisites for leading an exuberant and fulfilling life.

Yoga is not only a physical exercise. It can help you become proficient in all aspects — physical, mental, and spiritual. Asanas and pranayama build your physical and mental health. Meditation leads to spiritual growth. Shat Kriyas (six types of cleansing) aims at cleansing the inner body. Yama teaches you how to live in harmony within society. Niyama teaches you how to cultivate self-discipline and deal with the individual (yourself).

By exploring and practicing all the aspects of yoga, you can potentially contribute to global positive change.
As given in the common Yoga protocol the Ministry of Ayush, before the practice you must do the following:

  • Śauca means cleanliness; it is an important pre-requisite for Yoga practice. It includes cleanliness of surroundings, body, and mind.
  • Yoga practice should be performed in a calm and quiet atmosphere with a relaxed body and mind.
  • Yoga practice should be done on an empty stomach or light stomach. Consume small amount of honey in lukewarm water if you feel weak.
  • Bladder and bowels should be empty before starting Yogic practices.
  • A mattress, Yoga mat, durrie or folded blanket should be used for the practice.
  • Wearing light and comfortable cotton clothes helps facilitate easy movement of the body.
  • Yoga should not be performed in a state of exhaustion, illness, in a hurry or in acute stress conditions.
  • If an individual is having any chronic disease, pain, or cardiac problems, he or she should consult a physician or a Yoga expert prior to performing Yogic practices.
  • Yoga experts to be consulted before engaging in Yogic practices during pregnancy and menstruation