More Than 130 Countries Backed International Yoga Day

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( — November 14, 2014)  — The Indian Prime Minister’s call to the UN General Assembly to commemorate The International Yoga Day, was backed by more than 130 countries.

Informal consultants and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepared a draft resolution known as the ‘L Document’, which was presented to the UN General Assembly by the Indian mission in the UN. It seems that there are no objections to the upcoming resolution, which is expected to come up for adoption in the General Assembly on December 10.

By changing a lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change, stated Mr. Modi. “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being,” he had said.

The draft resolution proclaims that the ‘International Day of Yoga’ should be June 21.

Originated in India, Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that aims to discipline the body and mind.

While the term denotes a variety of schools, the best-known are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga. The term literally means to join, unite, or to put in balance the mind and the body. Yoga was introduced to the west by end of the 19th century, however, it became popular in the western world nearly a hundred years later, around 1980.

Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga in the treatment of various diseases, including cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease, however, with no actual measurable success. Nonetheless, practitioners of the Yoga around the world seem to have a higher quality of life as they treat the mind and the body as a whole.

According to Wikipedia, Yoga physiology described humans as existing of three bodies (physical, subtle and causal) and five sheets (food sheet, Prana-breath, mind sheet, intellect, and bliss) which cover the atman, and energy flowing through energy channels and concentration in chakras.

In Indian philosophy and medicine, Prana is the life energy, the same as Ki in Japan or Qui in China. The western world recognizes this positive energy as Eater in the medieval age or as the Orgone energy (negative Ions) in the research of Wilhelm Reich in the 1930’s.