Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. As India is celebrating the 5th International Day of Yoga on Friday, PM Modi led the celebrations and performed various asanas at Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, Jharkhand. He was accompanied by over 40,000 Yoga enthusiasts, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and other BJP leaders.
The Theme for International Yoga Day 2019 is "Yoga for Heart".
Speaking at the occasion of Yoga Day in Ranchi, the Prime Minister said that everybody should practice the ancient Indian discipline. Urging the people to practice Yoga, he added that this year's theme is 'Yoga for Heart'.
"We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages, tribal areas. Yoga is above region, above faith, above everything. Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year's theme is 'Yoga for Heart'," PM Modi said.
Here are the themes for previous International Yoga Day celebrations:
The Theme of International Yoga Day 2018 was “Yoga for Peace”.
The Theme of International Yoga Day 2017 was “Yoga For Health”.
The Theme of International Yoga Day 2016 was “Connect the Youth”.
The Theme of International Yoga Day 2015 was “Yoga For Harmony And Peace”.
The concept of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on September 27, 2014. When proposing 21 June as the date, Modi said that the date was the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world.
The first International Day of Yoga was observed around the world on 21 June 2015. The Ministry of AYUSH made the necessary arrangements in India. 35,985 people, including Narendra Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi. The day was observed by millions across the world.