In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root yuj which means "to join", or "to unite", in its most common senses. That means the union of "Atma" (soul) and "Paramatma" (universal soul) or the union of the body, mind and the soul.
Origin of Yoga
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements.
On 11 December 2014, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly approved by consensus, a resolution establishing 21 June as "International Day of Yoga". The first International Day of Yoga was observed world over on 21 June 2015.
World Yoga Community - WYC
The "World Yoga Community" is an international nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status. It is a social and cultural charitable organization in United States of America and public charitable trust & religious (non-denominational) trust in India. The "World Yoga community" is conducting numerous public gatherings (satsangs), workshops, events, festivals and creating local and international partnership events and programs with other individuals and organizations.
Origin of the WYC
Beginning in 1970, Dileepkumar Thankappan internationally known as "Guru Dileepji" was taught yoga by his mother, D. Kanakama and father, Dr. T. Thankappan. Dileepji was sent to different masters, ashrams and prepared him for the higher spiritual mission as well as allowing him the opportunity to meet many great yogis & sages. He had a great vision, as a young yogi, to start a global movement to promote yoga without discrimination. Dileepji created the name "World Yoga Community" and established the movement in 1979 in his native town Tripunithura, Kerala State, India. On September 14, 1999, he came to New York City where he made future plans for World Yoga Community and an "International Day" for yoga practitioners with Jagatguru H. H. Swami Bua Ji Maharaj, a celebrity yogi who lived over 120 years.
Mission of the WYC
World Yoga Community promotes yoga, interfaith dialogue, a global culture of peace & harmony, nonviolence, human values & rights, indigenous issues and knowledge, gender equality, global oneness, universal spirituality as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) & Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, and is working with individuals and NGOs (non-government organizations), including those from the United Nations.
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