Curtain Raiser Event:
Namaste Yoga App:
During the curtain raiser event for the 7th International Day of Yoga on 11 June 2021, a mobile application, “Namaste Yoga”, devoted to Yoga, was launched. The event was organised by the Ministry of Ayush in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY).
The App is designed as an information platform for the public. It aims to raise awareness about yoga and make it accessible for the larger community.
International Day of Yoga 2021:
Since 2015, International Day of Yoga is celebrated all over the world on 21st June every year.
UN’s theme for International Day of Yoga 2021:
The UN’s theme for International Day of Yoga 2021 was ‘Yoga for well-being’. The theme focused on practising Yoga for physical and mental well-being.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 21st June as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) in their resolution adopted on 11th December 2014.
PM addressed on the occasion of 7th International Day of Yoga:
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed on the occasion of seventh International Yoga Day. He said the despite the pandemic, this year’s theme for International Yoga Day –“Yoga for wellness” has raised the morale of people.
PM launched WHO M-Yoga’ App:
The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi launched ‘WHO M-Yoga’ App while addressing on the occasion of 7th International Day of Yoga. M-Yoga app will provide many videos of Yoga training and practice based on common Yoga protocol in many languages.
The “m-Yoga” application has been developed by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of Ayush, GOI in partnership with the World Health Organisation.
PM termed it as a great example of fusion of modern technology and ancient science. The Prime Minister also expressed the hope that m-yoga app will help in spreading yoga world over and will contribute to the efforts of ‘One World One Health’.
Global Yoga Conference 2021:
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare addressed the inaugural ceremony of Global Yoga Conference 2021 on 15 June 2021.
The event was organised by ‘MokshayatanYogSansthan’ along with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India & Indian Council for Cultural Relations to mark the occasion of 7th International Day of Yoga.
Accentuating the importance of the central message for observing Yoga Day this year, (‘Be with Yoga, Be at Home’), Union Minister said “Considering the immense and well- documented rewards of Yoga for holistic health and well-being of the population, it is our government’s objective to take Yoga to every citizen.”
He also highlighted how Yoga has helped people during COVID restrictions on public activities.
Webinar organised by Ministry of Tourism:
On the occasion of International Day of Yoga 2021, the Ministry of Tourism organised a webinar titled “Yoga for Immunity and Respiratory Health” in association with Isha Foundation on 19th June 2021.
This year the theme given by Ministry of Ayush for IDY 2021 was “Be With Yoga Be At Home”.
‘Special Cancellation’ Stamp released by India Post:
India Post released a ‘Special Cancellation’ Stamp to commemorate 7th International Day of Yoga (IDY 2021).
The special pictorial cancellation stamp had an inked marking or impression with a graphical design, with International Day of Yoga 2021 written in Both Hindi and English languages.
Indian Post issued this special cancellation with a pictorial design through its 810 Head Post offices across India.
A cancellation is defined as a postal marking used to deface a stamp to prevent its reuse.
Yog and cultural programmes organised by Union Culture Ministry:
The Union Culture Ministry organised Yog and cultural programmes at 4 places in Maharashtra on the occasion of International Yog Day, under the ‘Yoga is an Indian Heritage’ campaign.
Four cites in Maharashtra have been selected for this campaign which are – Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Kanheri Caves, Mumbai, Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, and Old High Court Building, Nagpur.