International Day of Yoga: 21 June 2017

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About International Day of Yoga

Recognising the universal appeal of yoga, on 11 December 2014 the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

The theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is ‘Yoga for Health.’ The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body. The organisers believe that this approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

IY (UK) Celebrations

In 2015 BKS Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta Iyengar, sent the following message along with a special practice sequence in celebration of the day:

“We are all yoga sādhakās and sādhanā is our very breath, our prāna. The United Nations has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day, which will be celebrated all over the world. For us every day is yoga day. However to respect this special day [the concept of which was suggested by Guruji] in a talk in Bangalore sometime in 2011- 2012, to respect Guruji, we have thought of a special practice programme for this day. Many students from across the world approached me if they could have a special sequence of practice for this day… the (summer) solstice.” 

DOWNLOAD GEETAJI’S SPECIAL PRACTICE SEQUENCE

We encourage all to share and practice in the spirit of the day.  And do share your pictures with us on social media!

For more information visit http://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/

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IY (UK) International Day of Yoga celebrations in Exeter in 2015