International Yoga Day – June 21, 2020

Sun Jun 21

If you had to guess which bill presented to the United Nations General Assembly had the highest number of co-sponsors ever, which would you guess? You probably wouldn’t think of International Day of Yoga—but that’s the answer! India’s Prime Minister called for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga, and here we are celebrating today. You may know yoga as a recent workout trend, but yoga has Indian roots that date back as far as 5000 years ago. In ancient India, yoga was considered a mental, physical, and spiritual way to practice meditation and transform the body and mind. So grab your yoga mat and let’s get to work. Namaste!

International Yoga Day timeline

5000 years ago

Yoga invented

The beginnings of Yoga were developed in Northern India.

2nd century

Yoga-Sûtras written

This was the first systematic guide to yoga, setting up the foundations of the practice we know today.

late 1800s

Yogis travel west

These travelers attracted followers, who popularized yoga further.


Yoga comes to Hollywood

Indra Devi opened a yoga studio in Hollywood, dramatically accelerating yoga's popularity.

International Yoga Day Activities

  1. Bring Your Tree Pose to Nature

    Practicing outside can breathe some fresh air into your yoga poses. Practice on the beach, at your local park, or even in your backyard. Surrounding yourself in a new environment can be much more engaging by having new things to focus on.

  2. Do your om thing

    Create your own flow of movements and discover new combinations to your favorite music. Sometimes a change in movement or music can help you focus your energy and sync your breathing perfectly to musical transitions.

  3. Introduce a friend to the yogi lifestyle

    Bringing a friend can be just the right motivation you need to revamp your practice. Not only will their presence inspire you to strengthen your poses, but also they can score big on free yoga deals for new students. Win win.

Why We Love International Yoga Day

  1. It’s inclusive

    People of all age groups, religions, nationalities and social backgrounds can celebrate, because yoga is accessible to all! There are so many different kinds of yoga practices, so it's possible for anyone to start. Size and fitness levels doesn’t matter—there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style.

  2. Yoga helps you manage stress

    Life can be stressful sometimes, and it can take its toll on our physical bodies. Have back or neck pain, sleeping problems and headaches? Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity, calmness, and relieves chronic stress—which means it'll help you with all of the above.

  3. Practicing yoga is healthy

    This is no surprise, but it bears repeating. Yoga strengthens and stabilizes the spine, relieving back pain, stress, anxiety and tension. It helps with weight reduction, maintaining a balanced metabolism and increases flexibility. And these are only some of its host of benefits.

International Yoga Day dates
2020June 21Sunday
2021June 21Monday
2022June 21Tuesday
2023June 21Wednesday
2024June 21Friday