Officially declared a United Nations Holiday in 2014, June 21 is celebrated as International Day of Yoga to be on the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere - the Summer Solstice. For some background, the first yogi, Shiva, was said to have begun his practice on this day.
Besides yoga coming with many health benefits, including improving flexibility, building strength, protecting the spine and posture, increasing blood flow and boosting immunity, practicing yoga is a fun break in the day! Check out how across the world people are celebrating a healthy mind and body for International Day of Yoga.
An open celebration at the United Nations Headquarters.
Meditation outside of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Over 1.05 million people gather outside to celebrate yoga in Rajasthan, India as the largest yoga gathering in history.
A colorful practice in Chandigarh, India.
Yoga practice in Yangon, Myanmar.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police practice on a frozen lake in the Himalayan Mountains.
Yogis in Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Yoga in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Practicing in a construction zone in Ahmadabad, India.
Children join the fun in Antwerp, Belgium.
Young yogis in South Africa.
Two women posing in Vriksasana or Tree Pose on Filopappou Hill near Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
If you can't take 20 minutes out of your day for meditation, then you may need an hour. Today is a day for self reflection and paying attention to the needs of your body and soul. Happy yogi day!
By: Elisa Cifiello