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Integral Yoga International will be commemorating the International Day of Yoga with a number of programs. This special day is celebrated annually on June 21st and is a testament to the profound impact of Yoga on our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Each year, this day is assigned a theme that reflects the global significance of Yoga.

The theme for the International Day of Yoga is usually assigned by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) of the Government of India. The Ministry of AYUSH is responsible for the promotion and development of Yoga and other traditional Indian systems of medicine and wellness. They collaborate with various organizations and stakeholders to determine a theme that reflects the current global context and resonates with the principles and philosophy of Yoga. The chosen theme aims to create awareness and inspire individuals and communities worldwide to embrace the transformative power of yoga and its relevance to their lives.

In 2023, the theme is “One World, One Health,” resonating with the ancient Indian principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which promotes the interconnectedness of all living beings. This year’s theme certainly carries immense relevance in today’s global context. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the interconnectedness of human health, animal well-being, and the environment. It has underscored the fact that our actions have far-reaching consequences and that the health of one individual or community directly impacts the health of others.

This theme encourages us to recognize that we are part of a larger global family, where the well-being of every individual and every living being matters. It urges us to embrace a holistic approach to health, encompassing physical, mental, and environmental well-being. By adopting practices that promote balance and harmony, like Yoga, we can enhance our own health while contributing to the well-being of the entire planet.

The principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” encapsulates the essence of the “One World, One Health” theme. Derived from ancient Indian scriptures, it translates to “the world is one family.” This profound concept recognizes the interdependence of all living beings and the need for compassion and unity. It teaches us to embrace diversity, respect all life forms, and work together for the betterment of humanity and the planet.

May this year’s International Day of Yoga inspire us to embody the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” in our daily lives and foster a sense of responsibility towards our global family and the environment.

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