UN International Yoga Day


Celebrate UN International Yoga Day

Sunday June 21, 2015 Summer Solstice


B.K.S. Iyengar

“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.”

– Geeta Iyengar 2015

As part of our IY (UK) Convention in Exeter led by Birjoo Mehta, we are excited to announce that we will be bringing together 300 Iyengar yoga teachers and students in one place to celebrate UN International Yoga Day.

If you can’t come to the convention, we’d love you still to connect to us and we will connect to you through the practice we all do that day wherever we are.

 “With the purity of the mind, we will carry on the knowledge with our teaching process. And that is how, even if we are living on this earth in different areas, we have to feel that we are always together.”  

– Geeta Iyengar December 2014 Opening Remarks at Yoganusasanam

IY (UK) UN International Yoga Day Celebrations include:

  • Asana Class and Pranayama Class with Birjoo Mehta for Exeter Convention participants
  • Convention Group Photographs on the Amphitheatre Steps outside the Exeter University Great Hall
  • A Mass Yoga Practice of Geeta’s sequence in Exeter City Centre (Location TBC). All Iyengar Yoga students welcome 2 – 4pm
  • Chanting of the 108 Shanti Mantras (Timings TBC)
  • Solstice Yoga Body Mandalas. We’ll be creating some ‘Salute to The Sun’ Body Mandala’s in the Botanic Gardens Exeter University. Anyone can create one too in a favorite place
  • Special Heart Chakra batik T Shirt designed and made in Pune India for the convention
  • Documentary photographs and writing
  • Personal Practice of Geeta’s sequence by Iyengar Yoga students all over the UK
  • Individual reflections, images and thoughts posted up on facebook, twitter and our website

Get in touch or post up your local event on facebook.

Join In The Celebrations Wherever you are

Sunday, June 21st, will be celebrated around the world as the first International Yoga Day sponsored by the United Nations. Geeta Iyengar is encouraging us to use this day to honour yoga and our teacher, B.K.S. Iyengar.

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. In India, the first full moon after the Summer Solstice is known as Guru Purnima where the Guru or teacher is honored. According to yoga lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva (the first Guru) is said to have begun on this day.

If you aren’t able to come to our IY (UK) convention, there are many other ways that you can honor this day, through your own personal practice or via generating your own more public event:

  • Consider Geeta’s Special Solstice Programme as part of your personal yoga practice (see following page)
  • Organize a Community Event at a studio or in a public place
  • Dedicate Your Classes on this day
  • Consider making your class or event a benefit for Bellur or for IYDF or another worthy cause
  • Collect images or write reflections on your experience on the day
  • Create a Yoga body mandala with a small group of Iyengar Yoga practitioners
  • Post up any thoughts, images or reflections you have of this special day on facebook, twitter or make a contribution to our magazine.

Special Summer Solstice Practice Programme click here for a pdf version

Invocation to the Sage Patanjali

Invocation to Guru

Asana Practice



Urdhva Hastasana


Adho Mukha Svanasana

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana



Utthita Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

 Virabhadrasana I

Parivrtta Trikonasana


Prasarita Padottanasana


Janu Sirsasana

Adho Mukha Upavishtakonasana

Virasana – Parvatasana

Swastikasana – Parvatasana

Parsva Dandasana

Bharadvajasana I

Marichyasana III

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana



Adho Mukha Svanasana





Setu Bandha Sarvangasana


Sit in dhyana (meditation)