The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga on Dec 11, 2014. Addressing the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." On Dec 11, India's Permanent Representative introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States, including USA, and the draft text was adopted without a vote. Hence, June 21, 2015 is the first International Day of Yoga. Government of India celebrated IDY 2015 in all the countries around the world.
As part of worldwide observation of International day of Yoga, National Institute of Technology Delhi celebrated 3rd International day of Yoga on 21st June, 2017 in the Institute premises. The goal behind the organization of the event was to spread the message of peace, harmony, happiness and success to every soul in the world. It was a great opportunity to imbibe the value of discipline
The event was attended with full enthusiasm by Faculty/Staff and students including participants from NILERD presided over by Director NIT Delhi. A Yoga/Meditation expert (Mr. P. K. Sharma) was also invited who taught the participants about different Yog asanas and pranayams. The Expert explained the different types of Yoga including Asanas, Meditation, and knowledge attainment which can help individual in their holistic development and healthy lifestyle. The event’s main emphasis was to encourage people to adopt yoga as a daily routine activity.
The session followed the protocol for International Yoga Day. It started with the prayer to enhance the benefits of practice followed by loosening practises or warming up exercises such as neck bending, neck rotation, trunk movement & twisting to name a few. The event proceeded with Yogasanas, which were divided into standing, sitting and lying (Prone/supine) postures.
These were followed by breathing exercises including kapalbhati, nadishodhan, sheetalipranayams. Meditation along with sankalpa and shanti path were practised.
A special meditation session of 2 hour duration was organized for faculty, staff, and students of the institute on June 20, 2017. The meditation session was attended by a large number of participants and was supervised by the Yoga/Meditation expert (Mr. P. K. Sharma).
It was a very successful session as the participants felt a great level of inner peace after attending it.