The theme for International Yoga Day 2020 will be ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s International Yoga Day would be celebrated on digital media platforms and there would be no mass gatherings, the government has said. People will be able to join Yoga Day celebrations virtually at 7 am on June 21.
The AYUSH ministry had earlier planned to hold a grand event at Leh which, however, had to be canceled because of the pandemic.
Considering the circumstances that the virus has brought, this year’s theme will be ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’, government officials said, adding that it is keeping in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ aim of turning this “crisis into an opportunity”.
According to officials, since some lockdown restrictions would remain in place come the Yoga Day on June 21, people would be asked to observe the occasion performing yoga themselves or with their families, keeping in mind the social distancing protocols and while wearing masks.
PM is expected to lead the nation for the programme virtually. It will begin at 7am and last for 45 minutes.
Minister for AAYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik, said he was very upbeat about the arrangements. “These are unprecedented times and thus the significance of yoga in such a pandemic situation is of a huge impact.”
When is International Yoga Day 2020?
International Yoga Day or Word Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21 to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
What is the theme of International Yoga Day 2020?
The International Day of Yoga 2020 theme is ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’
Why International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June?
In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared June 21 as International Day for Yoga. The idea was to celebrate the ancient Indian physical and spiritual practice that keeps your mind, body and soul in peace worldwide and spread awareness on the benefits of the same. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit which means to join or to unite.
International Yoga Day 2020 video blogging competition ‘My Life My Yoga’
On May 31, Prime Minister Modi had announced a contest during his radio address – “My Life, My Yoga – encouraging people to send videos explaining how yoga has impacted their lives and also perform three yoga asanas.
The contest, which has gone live on Ministry of AYUSH’s social media pages
To enter into the contest participants are required to upload a three-minute video of 3 yogic practices (kriya, asana, pranayama, bandha or mudra), including a short video message/description on how the said yogic practices influenced their life.
Entries can be submitted by participants under three categories– youth (male and female aged under 18), adults (male and female above 18 years) and yoga professionals
This makes it a total of six categories in all. For India contestants, prizes worth Rs 1lakh, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions within each of the categories.
This year the world will celebrate the Sixth International Day of Yoga, World Yoga Day has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.
International Day of Yoga is a worldwide event aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga and, meditation.
Yoga is popular all across the Western world and it is widely known as an effective technique of physical and mental well being.