Published on: June 21, 2022



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Mysuru hosted the main event of the 8th edition of International Day of Yoga (IDY) with a mass yoga demonstration after a gap of two years. It was the first International Day of Yoga (IDY) public event after the outbreak of COVID-19.

There have been no yoga demonstrations in public in India since 2020 due to curbs on mass gatherings owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • The city of palaces had come alive hosting the country’s main yoga day event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the grand celebration on the theme ‘Yoga for Humanity’. The theme portrayed how yoga served humanity in alleviating suffering during COVID-19.
  • Mysuru palace has been a favorite location for mega events. The first IDY was hosted on its premises. It gave an impeccable backdrop as the participants did full body stretches and performed different asanas under the guidance of experts on the dais.

Special postal cover on yoga day released

  • A special postal cover of Karnataka Postal Circle to commemorate the eighth International Yoga Day was released
  • Each one of the 23 postal circles in the country are releasing special postal cover to commemorate the International Yoga Day. The Karnataka Postal Circle’s special cover has been released from Mangaluru.

International day of yoga

  • When is it celebrated: June 21
  • HISTORY : The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, where a resolution to establish June 21 as International Yoga Day was introduced by India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji.
  • The date of June 21 was chosen as it is the Summer Solstice, the day where there is the most sun out of every other day of the year. Overall, it received support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN resolution, proclaiming June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
  • Theme for 2022: ‘yoga for humanity’.