Today is a big day in the Indian culture and heritage- June 21 is the International Yoga day! A day when the entire world celebrates the tradition of India and marches on the path of mental and physical wellness.

About Yoga

The word yoga comes from the Hindi yoga, originally from pre-Indo-European yeug, meaning “union” or “to join.” Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice originating in India.   In a short span of time, Yoga has become one of the most popular fitness regime among various communities. Various asanas of yoga have a unique USP and are beneficial for the body! Yoga exercises help gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It can be done from the privacy of your home or in a classroom. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. 

International Yoga Day

On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. At that time, the proposal shared by PM Modi was supported by 170 nations including US, China, Russia etc and just like previous years, this year too the celebrations are being held at large scale all over the world. June 21 (Summer Solstice) was chosen as the date for Yoga day as it is the longest day in Northern Hemisphere.
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International Yoga day celebrations source

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International yoga day in bangkok source

The best part about such celebration is that the world is waking up a traditional fitness regime, one that they had forgotten or had ignored. But as technology takes us forward, there are a lot of healthy traditions that we wish to carry with us for our future generations.

My Tryst with Yoga

I have tried my hands at various fitness regimes be it outdoor sports like Boxing (non combat), Cricket, Badminton, swimming, cycling or fitness arenas like Gym. But my first fitness regime has to be yoga which i started doing when I was in 8th standard, way back in 1999. I was very short in height, (not that I look like a giant today!) but I used to be only 4 feet 8 inches! So one uncle suggested yoga and my brother and I subscribed to a yoga ashram within Delhi and we would learn the basics. The best part (at that time, the weirdest part) used to be drinking water with the nose at the end of the session. I used to be shit scared, though, today i laugh it off.

Dhanurasana- the bow pose. Source:

Dhanurasana- the bow pose. Source:

Chakrasana- the wheel pose. Source:

Chakrasana- the wheel pose. Source:

However, while learning Chakrasana, Dhanurasana, Ardhmatsyendrasana and other many asanas, my height shot up 4-6 inches in a year! Boom! I was taller than the girls around me and this was a big ego boost!

Nowadays, I follow the following page setup by Ms Shikha Saxena to set my yoga skills and techniques right

Oh by the way, did I tell you about the Indian family that runs a BnB in Delhi and offers a free session of Yoga on the first day of stay? More about it in the next blog….

Read our blog on Indian BnBs, a book on the Bed and Breakfast scheme in India.

Happy Yoga day to all of you. Here’s wishing that all of us lead a healthy life.


Ambuj Saxena

Ambuj Saxena is passionate about all things digital! He likes to travel and explore new culture and places. He likes writing blogs and likes chasing people to make them read the blogs too! Of late, he has been concentrating on providing a social media strategy for a few travel and hospitality companies. His co-authored book, 'Indian BnBs: An emerging disruptor in the Hospitality sector' has received enormous response and has been adopted as a course book in Tourism and Hospitality courses in prominent universities of India such as Jammu University, Jamia Millia Islamia university and Ambedkar university. A 2013 Brand Management graduate from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), he has successfully executed various online and offline marketing campaigns for companies operating in Automobile, Fashion and Lifestyle, Travel and Tourism sectors as well as Government departments. He has provided consultancy to Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) Bus services in Delhi and helped increase its ridership. He participated twice in HULT Competition, an International Annual Case study contest, in Dubai to solve an issue plaguing the society through social entrepreneurship. Earlier, as a Computer Engineer graduate, he had spent valuable time working in TCS to hone his technical skills. He has co-founded BnBNation as he believes that Tourism and Hospitality is as much online as it is offline, and he can add value to both.


Alex · June 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm

What a great post! I have never actually done yoga, but from what I’ve heard, it’s peace for your body and soul. Also, way to incorporate a video.

Lauren · June 21, 2018 at 2:54 pm

This is super interesting!! Especially for me, as I just listened to a podcast about how International Yoga Day was perceived in India itself. As India is the birthplace of yoga but has a large population of muslims, do you find that yoga is associated only with hinduism? Or does it transcend across all religions, and its something totally separate?

    Ambuj Saxena · June 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Hey Lauren, India is a beautiful mix of various religions. Except for a few sporadic and untoward incidents, all communities live peacefully. Yoga is a fitness regime that deals with mental physical and spiritual wellness so it surpasses all religious barriers. Thanks for the comment

Smita Chandra · June 21, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Interesting post, esp as I’ve just returned from a yoga workout on world yoga day! I’m so new to this and cannot even contemplate poses like dhanurasana yet, but am loving this journey. Thank you for this inspiring post.

anshul · June 22, 2018 at 3:29 am

I normally prefer taking pictures of people doing Yoga. I can’t commit to such a routine and then abide by it. But it was really nice to see that so many people are enthusiastic about it.

The Asian Abroad · June 22, 2018 at 7:20 am

A lot my non-practising friends think yoga is easy… Then I bring them to a hot yoga class! I love reading this, very informative!

Purvi Kamaliya · June 22, 2018 at 8:12 am

I would say this is such a talent. I have been practicing yoga since childhood and doing such perfect poses is really an art that emerges from a perfect practice and tryst between a yogi and yoga.

Alan @ · June 22, 2018 at 8:56 am

I learned a lot about yoga from this post. Would love to start doing it regularly but it’s hard to fit in to modern life! Thanks for sharing.

Kylee · June 22, 2018 at 5:16 pm

Wow, I have never seen a picture of how many people actually participate, that’s insane! Great post.

Annie · June 22, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Can’t believe I didn’t know about this! If I did – I definitely would’ve liked to have participated. Maybe next year?

Andra · June 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Yoga is part of my daily routine. I started practicing 4 years ago and fell in love with it instantly. And each time I travel to India I try and squeeze in my schedule as many classes as possible. You are lucky to be able to say that yoga is part of your culture. Thanks for all this information

Faith Coates · June 25, 2018 at 11:33 am

Unfortunately I simply cannot do yoga but I have heard there are now classes that teach yoga to those of us who are disabled – I cannot get onto the floor on my knees as they are in terrible shape and my balance is non-existent but I have always loved the movement and stretching so I am going to start chair yoga which I am really looking forward to.

Ali Dunnell · June 25, 2018 at 11:49 am

Really enjoyed reading this… I love yoga – but don’t do it nearly enough. After reading your post I feel inspired to get right back to doing it more regularly.

Claire · June 25, 2018 at 12:35 pm

I am really trying to get into yoga but I think I am just more of a Pilates person! Very interesting though!

Lisa · June 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

I never even knew there was an international yoga day, how cool! I’ve tried it in the pass, and it’s excellent form of exercise for the body and mind. That’s insane how many people turn up in India to celebrate the occasion. You must be very proud of its heritage!

Joli · June 26, 2018 at 11:08 pm

I’ve tried yoga here and there but it hasn’t become a daily habit quite yet. I really would love to really try to change that this year! I wish I started earlier though, then I would have grown 4-6 inches in a year, just like you! Haha. 🙂 But seriously, love that this celebration caught on internationally, the world could always use this reminder to focus on their mental and physical wellness.

Archit vibeindian · February 5, 2021 at 5:24 pm

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root word ‘Yuj’. The meaning of yoga in Sanskrit is ‘to unify, join or yoke’. The literal meaning of yoga is ‘union’. It is all about uniting your body to your athma/atma. It is a beautiful journey of self-realization where you discover the wonder that your mind is. Through various breathing techniques and asana, one can tie down his ever-wandering mind.

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