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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A resolution to recognise June 21st as ‘World Yoga Day’ has been tabled in the New York City in line with the United Nations’ decision to commemorate the day internationally.

Council member for the 19th district, Paul Vallone tabled the resolution on Tuesday, calling on the city to commemorate June 21 as ‘World Yoga Day’.

The resolution, that is yet to be voted upon, notes that the UN had last year declared June 21 to be commemorated each year as the ‘International Day of Yoga’.

A ‘Yogathon’ website focusing on the movement of Yoga in the US has also been launched by Indian Consul General Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay.

Started by the Overseas Volunteers of Better India(OVBI), the website aims to serve as a one-stop portal that will provide information and details about various yoga events planned in over 100 US cities on June 21.

Mulay said that several events will be held across the US in the run-up to June 21, aimed at spreading awareness about yoga and to “celebrate yoga as a world heritage.

According to the Ambassador, yoga should not be seen with a religious perspective.

“We have been celebrating yoga for 5000 years and it has evolved as a holistic life mechanism and not just a lifestyle,” he said.

“It is an ancient Indian practice that provides solutions in current times of anger, stress and disputes.  The City Council resolution is a recognition of yoga as well of India’s heritage”, he further elaborated.

Last year, after the UN General Assembly adopted an India-led resolution co-sponsored by a record 175 countries, June 21st was declared as the ‘International Day of Yoga’

Less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea at the UN, the UNGA passed the resolution saying that “yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.”

“The UN declared June 21 of each year as international yoga day; now therefore, be it resolved that the Council of the City of New York recognises and commemorates June 21 as World Yoga Day in the City of New York,” the City Council resolution reads.

The resolution referred to a number of studies to back-up the recognition of Yoga:

  • A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology that showed that yoga produced significant changes in body weight, diastolic blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate.
  • The recognition of Yoga by the US Centre for Disease and Control as a “great activity for everyone.”
  • A 2012 study which claimed that 20.4 million Americans practice yoga
  • The listing of New York by  Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 cities in the US for yoga.

This year will mark the first commemoration of International Day of Yoga by the UN.

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Yoga Can Help You Cope with Mental Illness, Say Experts

Parental disharmony, peer pressure and examination stress can trigger off depression in children

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Mental illness in city dwellers which has emerged as a major problem can be treated to an extent through yoga, say experts.

Though mental illness, as such, cannot be directly treated through yoga, stress, which one of the major causes, said mental health expert Prakriti Poddar in a telephonic interview.

“Stress is one of the major factors that leads to depression and you can deal with stress through yoga. You can learn to calm your responses by extending your reaction time, thereby giving you better control on your emotional reactivity,” she said.

She said that Yoga asanas like Surya Namaskar, Warrior Pose, Tad Asana, Trikonasana and Pranayam could help a person cope with depression and stress.

“Depression is one of the major diseases of the developed world and it is triggered off by one’s inability to cope with stress – emotional and physical. Yoga helps you to calm your nerves, increase your mental strength and help you deal with situations,” she explained.

Poddar said that migration of work force from rural to urban areas also triggered depression. She said that there are studies on stress due to different kind of struggles one has to face due to the migration. This includes financial, emotional and physical stress.

“Often situational stress assists it, as people move from a robust support system to a limited one. Loneliness steps in as the sense of belonging depletes,” she stated.

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Girl practicing yoga. Pixabay

She further said that most companies are now incorporating a well-being programme to provide a holistic approach towards the well being of employees.

“Yoga has become a part of corporate wellness programs and has huge benefits for the employees as it lowers stress levels, relaxes the mind, makes the body flexible and invites an overall feeling of well-being. This improves the performance of the employee and promotes a sense of friendship,” she said.

Children can also be taught yoga form a young age to help them cope with pressures, personal and professional, when they attain adulthood.

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According to various studies, around 14 per cent of the global burden of disease is attributed to neuropsychiatric disorders.

Mental health literacy among adolescents is very low and only 29 per cent could identify depression while others remained unaware of the problem.

Parental disharmony, peer pressure and examination stress can trigger off depression in children. (IANS)