Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice and is the simplest form of exercise you can do to boost your health, mind, and body. For those who want to reconnect and find a sense of purpose and joy in their everyday life, yoga is the most natural, non-intrusive and holistic path to wellbeing.
Looking for a mind, body and soul awakening? Read on to know more about International Yoga Day, why we celebrate it and the most recommended yoga destinations around the world.
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What is International Yoga Day?
The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated yearly every June since 2015. It also commemorates the summer solstice, the longest day in the year in the northern hemisphere. Yoga meditation practices originated in India and now hold special significance in many parts of the world.
There are several different yoga practices, from beginner to expert levels. Regular yoga practice provides mental clarity and helps relieve stress and overall physical wellbeing. On this day, people sign up for yoga and listen to relaxing music or attend yoga retreats offered at wellness centers around the world.
International Yoga Day 2024 date
The eighth annual International Day of Yoga will be observed on June 21, 2024.
International Yoga Day 2024 theme
The theme for International Yoga Day 2024 is yet to be announced. It may focus on promoting an understanding of the comprehensive benefits of yoga and motivate individuals to integrate it into their daily routines to improve their overall health and wellness.
Best places in India to visit for yoga lovers
If you are a yoga enthusiast looking to visit some of the best yoga destinations, here are some of the best ones in India:
Rishikesh is one of the most favoured destinations for yoga lovers and is also called the ‘Yoga capital of the world’. It is home to a community of reputed yoga gurus and has a rich yoga and spiritual heritage. Most of the yoga ashrams in Rishikesh also have other courses apart from yoga training.
Wayanad is a serene and charming hill station surrounded by nature. You can experience the best of ancient Indian traditions, including Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation and Kalari, at the many reputed yoga centres here.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The historic town of Varanasi is not only a religious site but also an important yoga destination in India. It is a peaceful place for people to embark on their yoga journey. Various styles of yoga are practised here, including Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and many other modern variations.
Auroville, Tamil Nadu
Yoga enthusiasts visit Auroville to unwind and also deepen their spiritual peace. Nestled away from the bustling city, the quaint township of Auroville lets you experience a unique way of life. You can attend the yoga workshops that provide energizing yoga during the mornings and a relaxing meditation with hatha yoga practices in the evenings.
The historic city of Mysore is known for being the birthplace of ashtanga and is the perfect destination to learn and practise yoga. The city is also home to several popular tourist attractions such as the Mysore Palace, Mysore zoo, religious temples and even ancient and historic palaces.
A popular tourist destination, Gokarna, attracts nature lovers and pilgrims from all over. You can go on an adventurous trek in the mountains and enjoy the lush green fields, alluring beaches, and mystical waterfalls. For a spiritually inclined journey, you may visit the ‘temple town’ known for its yoga practices where you can many forms of yoga such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, and aerial yoga with variations.
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
For mountain lovers, Dharamshala is the best place to be! Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dharamshala has the most breathtaking and picturesque landscapes that are a perfect setting for yoga. You can enrol yourself for the drop-in sessions, week-long courses, or even the intense yoga classes offered there.
Goa is well-known for its unique offerings with its tropical climate, including its pristine beaches, local cuisine, and traditional festivals. It is also gaining popularity as a yoga destination with a vast community of yoga enthusiasts and several famous yoga centres and schools that welcome yoga aspirants from all over.