International Yoga Day 2024: Connecting Through Movement and Breath


Every year on June 21st, people worldwide celebrate International Yoga Day to promote the numerous benefits of practicing yoga. The summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, falls on this particular day. This day aims to increase awareness of the overall benefits that yoga provides for our health. It highlights the significance of striking a balance in our hectic lives and promotes harmony in our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. Yoga helps us cultivate mindfulness, reduce stress, and enhance our overall health and vitality. Initiated by the United Nations in 2014 at the behest of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this day emphasizes yoga’s universal appeal and its potential to foster global harmony and well-being.

Dr. Sheetu Singh, a renowned lung specialist, will be leading a special session on International Yoga Day 2024, emphasizing the integral role of yoga in respiratory health. As a pulmonary medicine specialist with a wealth of knowledge, Dr. Sheetu Singh will lead participants through targeted yoga poses that increase lung capacity, improve breathing efficiency, and ease respiratory problems. Her session will focus on pranayama, the ancient art of breath control, and its therapeutic effects on conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other pulmonary disorders.

The Theme For International Yoga Day 2024

The official theme for International Yoga Day 2024 is “Yoga for Women Empowerment”. The purpose of Yoga Mahotsav 2024 is to spread yoga as a global movement, with a focus on improving women’s health and well-being as well as world peace and health. The Ministry has prioritized women’s health regardless of age or circumstance by actively supporting research on a range of illnesses impacting women, including stress management and PCOS/PCOD. Yoga serves as a comprehensive tool for empowering women, and addressing their mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.

A Breath of Fresh Air For Lung Patients

International Yoga Day, celebrated every year on June 21st, presents a unique opportunity for lung patients to discover the profound benefits of yoga in enhancing respiratory health and overall well-being. Yoga, a traditional practice that incorporates breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation, provides a comprehensive method for controlling and enhancing lung function. 

  • The Power of Pranayama

The breathing technique known as pranayama is essential to yoga’s therapeutic effects on lung patients. Pranayama techniques such as Anulom Vilom (alternate nostril breathing), Bhramari (humming bee breath), and Kapalabhati (skull-shining breath) are particularly effective in increasing lung capacity, improving oxygenation, and promoting relaxation. For those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung disorders, these exercises are extremely beneficial because they help open up the airways, strengthen the muscles that support breathing, and improve the effectiveness of the respiratory system.

  • Gentle Asanas for Better Breathing

Apart from pranayama, some yoga poses, or asanas, can help maintain lung health as well by enhancing posture, opening up the chest, and encouraging deeper breathing. Asanas such as Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Matsyasana (Fish Pose), and Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) help open up the chest cavity, reduce tension in the respiratory muscles, and promote better airflow. For the best possible lung function, these mild stretches and poses promote diaphragmatic breathing and correct alignment.

  • Holistic Benefits

Yoga has mental and emotional advantages that are crucial for lung sufferers, in addition to its physical ones. Yoga’s meditative elements aid in lowering stress.

The History of International Yoga Day 

The notion of a worldwide day dedicated to yoga was first put forth by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 during his speech to the UN General Assembly. This marks the beginning of Worldwide Yoga Day. He maintained that yoga may “help create a healthier planet” and called it “an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition.” In his words, yoga is not just about working out physically but also about finding one’s harmony with the universe, the natural world, and oneself.

Widespread support was shown for the concept. The UN General Assembly declared June 21 to be International Yoga Day on December 11, 2014, by passing Resolution 69/131. The resolution called on all UN member states to observe International Yoga Day annually, to raise awareness of the many benefits of Yoga.

On June 21, 2015, events were held in over 190 countries to celebrate the first International Yoga Day. Since then, people from all around the world have continued to celebrate International Yoga Day every year.

Significance of International Yoga Day

The International Day of Yoga seeks to inspire people worldwide to embrace a healthy lifestyle and to increase awareness of the many advantages of practicing yoga. It emphasizes the value of maintaining a healthy physical and mental state of mind and the part yoga plays in obtaining this state of balance. The International Day of Yoga has witnessed widespread participation and support from people worldwide. It is now a platform for spreading the word about the advantages of yoga, encouraging people from different backgrounds and cultures to practice the discipline, and building a sense of harmony and well-being among people.

It’s now an opportunity for individuals to unite via yoga, a practice that unites people from all backgrounds and cultures. Even though June 21 is designated as the International Day of Yoga each year, millions of people around the world practice and celebrate yoga year-round.

Importance of International Yoga Day 

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved International Yoga Day in 2014, following the proposal made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The overwhelming backing for this project shows how yoga’s benefits for individuals and communities are becoming more generally known throughout the world.

  • Raising Awareness: It raises attention to the advantages that the age-old practice of yoga has to offer people everywhere.
  • Encourage Inclusivity: Anybody, regardless of age, experience level, or background, can practice yoga. To honor this inclusivity, people of all backgrounds are invited to take yoga classes on International Yoga Day.
  • Highlights Advantages: The day serves as a reminder of the many advantages yoga provides for individuals as well as for society at large.
  • Motivates Action: World Yoga Day encourages people to take action and incorporate Yoga into their daily lives for a healthier and happier existence.

21st June 2024 Special Day 

June 21st, 2024, is International Yoga Day, a day dedicated to promoting worldwide well-being. This yearly celebration, which appropriately falls around the summer solstice, highlights the many advantages of yoga for health and happiness. The right time offers an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the comprehensive benefits of the age-old practice.


What is International Yoga Day?

International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21st to raise awareness about the many benefits of practicing yoga. It was established by the United Nations in 2014 following a proposal by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

What is the Theme For International Yoga Day 2024?

The official theme for International Yoga Day 2024 is “Yoga for Women Empowerment”.

How can I participate in International Yoga Day?

Simply doing yoga at home, enrolling in a neighborhood class, or going to open-air yoga sessions at parks and community centers can all count as simple forms of participation. Many organizations also offer free online yoga sessions and workshops. 

What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

Yoga offers numerous benefits, including improved flexibility, strength, and posture; better breathing; enhanced mental clarity and concentration; stress relief; and a sense of inner peace and well-being.

Can yoga help with specific health conditions?

Yes, yoga can be beneficial for many health conditions, including back pain, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory issues. It’s advisable to speak with a healthcare professional before beginning a new fitness program, particularly if you already have a medical problem.

Dr. Sheetu Singh, a nationally renowned pulmonologist, Director ILD & Pulmonary Rehab Clinic, is an expert in chest-related conditions. She got her training from SMS Medical College, Jaipur followed by a visit to Cleveland Clinic, USA.

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