International Day of Yoga
June 21, 2016 is a prosperous day that celebrates the bounties of the Earth marking the beginning of Summer Solstice. In essence of honoring the sun and our eternal light consciousness this day also marks the second anniversary of International Day of Yoga.
In the yogic tradition it is said the first yoga practitioner, Lord Shiva, began sharing the knowledge and teachings of yoga on this day. Thus, this day naturally supports those in pursuit of spiritual growth and attainment.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon proclaimed: “…the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.”
The importance of observing June 21 as International Day of Yoga acknowledges the benefits of yoga as inclusive to all of humanity. This momentous day offers people around the world the possibility of experiencing meditativeness, expanding their perception from individuality to universality.
Humanitarians and yogis have long advocated for a world-wide yoga day since 1999. On September 27, 2014 Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi stated in his address to the UN General Assembly: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
The resolution was co-sponsored by 175 nations, including USA, Canada, and China. This is the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution.
The yogic teachings date back 5,000 years; yoga, a physical, mental, and spiritual practice aims to transform the mind and body. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yug meaning to “join” or “unite.” International Day of Yoga symbolizes this beautiful union of self, as well as, one with all of nature.
In honor of International Day of Yoga RYK Yoga and Meditation Center will be hosting a free event for the community. One can expect various free yoga and meditation classes, delicious Indian food, tea and tons of fun! We hope to see you there! Sat Nam!
Read more information about International Day of Yoga at http://idayofyoga.org/
Written by Sat Amrit Kaur