During a 2014 speech to the United Nations (UN) general assembly, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, declared that yoga was an “invaluable gift” of India’s ancient traditions. Soon after, the UN, with the support of 177 member countries, passed a resolution to make June 21st the International Day of Yoga (IDY), a day to celebrate the health and wellness benefits of yoga practice. Each year’s theme (environmental protection, international peace etc.) highlights one further potential for yoga to benefit the world. Though it is a UN observance, IDY is one of the most unified and widespread of India’s international cultural engagements.
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