In an age dominated by conflicts, terrorism, trade wars, and contentious debates about climate change, migration, religious extremism, etc., it is astounding that there seems to be a global consensus on Yoga as a means to physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
It goes to the credit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having put yoga on the global arena by lobbying the United Nations to observe International Yoga Day.
Thanks to his efforts, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
Within the past five years, IDY has caught on and it is being observed in nearly all corners of the world. Significantly, it is also being observed in several Islamic and Christian countries that mistakenly deem yoga to be a Hindu religious practice.
Here are some glimpses of the globalization of yoga: