The ICHRRF encourages education, research, and sharing of information that can improve the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual quality of life for all living persons worldwide. The Commission recognizes that various governmental and non-governmental agencies worldwide have found yoga to be a useful therapeutic tool, and joins them in celebrating the International Day of Yoga.
On December 11, 2014 by the resolution 69/131, the United Nations declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga to raise global awareness of the multifaceted benefits of yoga practices. Yoga is an ancient holistic physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word “Yoga” derives from Sanskrit and means to unite and symbolizes the union of consciousness and body.
There are many benefits to yoga which include but is not limited to heart health benefits, weight control, strength and flexibility, sense control and improved body image. Furthermore, the National Institute of Health suggests that yoga can assist individuals with managing symptoms of chronic illness, chronic pain, relieving stress, improving balance, improving sleep and improving overall emotional quality of life, as well as empowering them to control their urges and make better decisions.
While yoga has its historical cultural and spiritual roots from India and Hinduism, it has universal benefits. Yoga’s focus is on maximizing the alignment of the individual practitioner’s body, mind and spirit and does not impose or promote any mass faith. Yoga is a practice that can be adapted to support each practitioner’s own belief system.
For those who do have concerns, education is key. It is a good idea to talk to your doctor, your potential yoga instructor, and your spiritual and religious advisor about any concerns you may have. Finally, it also may help to interact with people with diverse religious beliefs and who have practiced yoga.
The Commission is pleased to join the nations of the world in promoting the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of humanity by felicitating the International Yoga Day.