A very valuable information for all those who practice yoga, and not only for them, is that in December 2014, the United Nations (UN) declared June 21 of each year as International Day for Yoga, adopting a measure proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said yoga allows people "to discover the meaning of oneness with the self, the world and nature".
The UN General Assembly, composed of 193 members, approved by consensus a resolution that establishes a day for the celebration of this ancient practice, a measure demanded by Narendra Modi, in September 2014, during his inaugural speech to the world organization.
"Yoga should not be just a physical exercise for us, it should be a means of connecting with the world and with nature," Modi said during his speech at the UN. "It should bring about a change in our lifestyle, create more awareness in ourselves, and even help us fight climate change."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the International Day for Yoga will bring attention to the holistic benefits of this practice.
"Yoga can help to resist diseases that cannot be communicated. Yoga can bring communities together in an inclusive manner that generates respect. Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and tranquility. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations, to find a way to get rid of stress", said Ban Ki-moon.