June 21 is being celebrated as International Yoga Day globally. And our self-advocates prove why they are best suited for Yoga.

But before that, some interesting facts about this day:

Meaning of yoga: Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit, which means to join or unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

History of International Yoga Day: The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on September 27, 2014. Thereafter, a draft resolution on ‘International Day of Yoga’ was introduced by India’s Ambassador to UN, Asoke Kumar Mukerji. The draft received support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UNGA resolution. Thereafter, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

The 1st International Day of Yoga: On June 21, 2015, nearly 35,985 people, including PM Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes in New Delhi.

World’s oldest yoga teacher: According to the Guinness World Records, the title of world’s oldest yoga teacher was given to Ida Herbert in 2012, who remained an active yoga teacher till the age of 96 years.

Yoga for dogs: There is a yoga for dogs, known as ‘Doga’. The Doga was started by Suzi Teitelman in New York in 2002. While doing Doga, dogs are used as props.

(Source: BT Online)

Our self-advocates also performed Yoga to commemorate this special day. Here are a few glimpses.

One of our self-advocates did a 6 minute session – easy and calm. Check this out.