June 21, 2015 will be the first-ever International Day of Yoga, thanks to the United Nations’ swift passing of the popular initiative with a record 175 countries sponsoring.
Apparently yoga was not a hard sell in the U.N. General Assembly; Asoke Mukerji, India’s ambassador to the U.N., spoke of yoga’s “cross cultural and universal appeal” as indicated by the record number of co-sponsors of the bill.
Here is the actual wording of the bill:
Statement on the Launch of International Day of Yoga
New York – December 11, 2014
H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça E Moura on behalf of the President of the GA
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today’s adoption of a resolution on the International Day of Yoga with overwhelming support, as shown by the more than 170 member States that have co-sponsored it, demonstrates how both the tangible and the unseen benefits of yoga appeal to people around the world.
I congratulate the Honourable Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for this initiative whereby the international community will observe the International Day of Yoga on the 21st of June each year.
For centuries, people from all walks of life have practiced yoga, recognizing its unique embodiment of unity between mind and body. Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony, while demonstrating a holistic approach to health and well-being.
I commend the Indian delegation for its work on this initiative and look forward to celebrating the first International Day of Yoga next June.
I thank you for your attention.