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"15 Lesser-Known Facts about International Yoga Day 2023"

Yoga The Global  Celebration

International Yoga Day 2023 facts

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Dive into the hidden depths of this global celebration of wellness and find out why it's more than just a day of yoga poses.

1-International Yoga Day 2023 celebrates its 9th anniversary this year,  promoting health, mindfulness, and well-being worldwide

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2. The idea of celebrating International Yoga Day was proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.

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3. Yoga is not just a physical exercise  but a holistic practice   that aims to  unite the body, mind, and spirit.

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4. The word "yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit word "yuj,"  which means to join or Unite.

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5. Yoga originated in ancient India over 5,000 years ago and has since spread across the globe.

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6. International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21st each year, as it coincides with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

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7. Yoga has been recognized by the United Nations to promote harmony and peace among individuals and communities.

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8. Practicing yoga regularly  can improve flexibility,  strength, posture, and overall  physical fitness.

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9. Yoga has numerous mental health benefits, including stress reduction, increased focus, and improved sleep quality.

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10. There are various types of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, and Kundalini, each with its own unique focus and style.

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11. Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or fitness level. Modifications and variations make it accessible to individuals with different abilities and needs.

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12. Yoga is not limited to physical postures (asanas);  it also incorporates breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation (dhyana),  and ethical principles (yamas and niyamas).

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13. Many celebrities and public figures,  such as Jennifer Aniston,  Gwyneth Paltrow,  and LeBron James, are avid yoga practitioners 

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14. Yoga has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, and enhance overall quality of life.

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15.Yoga Day 2023 celebrations at UN, created Guinness World record  for 'most nationalities in a yoga session' at the event.