On 7th November, 2014 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution with support from over 175 countries proclaiming the 21st June as the International Day of Yoga.
The relevant parts of the resolution state:
“Recognizing that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being,
“Recognizing also that wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga “would be beneficial for the health of the world population,
“1. Decides to proclaim 21 June the International Day of Yoga:
“2. Invites all Member and observer States, the organizations of the United Nations system and other International and regional organisations, as well as civil society, including non-governemnt organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day, in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of practicing Yoga:
“3. Stresses that the cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the present resolution should be met from voluntary contributions;
“4. Requests the Secretary- General to bring the present resolution to the attention of all Member and observer states and the organization of the United Nations System.”
This resolution is of particular importance to the population of Guyana since it seeks to uplift their physical and mental health and spirituality. It is also important because Yoga has been a long and historic tradition in Guyana, and Guyanese thus share the kudos of the resolution.
Mahararishi Foundation of Guyana