India release the logo for celebrating the first International Yoga day on June 21, 2015

India release the logo for celebrating the first International Yoga day on June 21, 2015

India release the logo for celebrating the first International Yoga day on June 21, 2015.

AYUSH had initiated a design competition via their website for the logo and tagline for the International Yoga Day (IYD), announced by the United Nations last year. More than 100 entries were received, out of which an Experts Committee chose the attached logo, which has also been approved by the Prime Minister of India, who is taking personal interest in this initiative since he has benefitted a lot from practicing Yoga himself. This was the reason for which he proposed in his address at the UN on September 27, 2014 that UN may adopt an International Yoga Day. Yoga is aninvaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change', he said. The proposal drew widespread support from UN member countries and June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.

The logo was unveiled on April 28 in New Delhi by India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of AYUSH, Shripad Naik. "The resolution was passed within a record time of 75 days and was the first resolution in which 177 countries had become co-sponsors," Ms Swaraj said during her address on the occasion, calling it a "world record".

ABOUT THE IDY LOGO

The logo seeks to reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of yoga.

Folding of both hands in the logo symbolise Yoga, the union, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind & body, man & nature; the holistic approach to health & well being. The brown leaves symbolise the Earth element, the green leaves symbolise the nature, blue symbolises the water element, brightness symbolise the fire element and the Sun symbolises the source of energy and inspiration.

AYUSH has also approached the Guinness Book of World Records for creating a new world record for holding the largest ever yoga class on 21st June 2015.

A Common Yoga Protocol has been made by a Committee of Yoga Experts and contains the set of common yoga exercises lasting 35 Minutes expected to be performed on June 21 all over the world.

Watch out for the first IYD in Sweden in Gothenberg and in Latvia and Riga.

Yoga enthusiasts keen to join in other cities are welcome to contact the embassy at political[at]indianembassy[dot]se. A pre-launch of IDY will take place on May 23 in Stockholm during Namaste Stockholm.

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