International Yoga Day Declaration by the United Nations
Malaysia Hindhudharma Maamandram applauds and welcomes the resolution by the United
Nations to declare and observe 21st of June as International Day of Yoga.
An unprecedented 177 out of the total 193 member states of the United Nations have co-
sponsored a resolution on International Yoga Day. This is the highest number of co-sponsors
ever for any resolution of this nature in the history of the United Nations. The proposal was
made by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi during his address to the United
Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2014. It is an effort to ensure a vibrant, happy and
prosperous human race.
Yoga has gained popularity because of its scientific approach and benefits. The sheer number of
supporters as well as the smooth adoption also symbolizes the strong international support and
human spirit for the wholesome wellbeing of mankind.
Yoga is a 5,000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India. It is a
vast discipline which has remedies for various physical illnesses. Yoga postures effectively
enhance the efficiency of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems
and many other organs in the human body. Acharya Pathanjali, the founder of Yoga, prescribed
the control of Prana (life breadth) as the means to control the body, mind and soul.
If every child is taught Yoga and Meditation, there will be tremendous reduction in various
social illnesses and violence, worldwide. This is achievable within one or two generations and
the entire Humanity shall benefit from this ancient treasure.
Maamandram takes this opportunity to call everyone to practice Yoga as it is the doorway to
physical and spiritual wellbeing. Yoga subsequently rewards one with good health and inner
The date 21st June is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as
summer solstice, it has special significance in many parts of the world. Malaysia Hindhudharma
Maamandram being a part of the global Indian/Hindu fraternity is thankful and glad that this
event is observed worldwide. Maamandram is scheduled to organise a mass Suryanamaskar on
this day, beginning from 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.
Radhakrishnan Alagamalai AMN
Malaysia Hindhudharma Maamandram