International Day of Yoga – 21 June 2015

In December 2014, 21 June was declared International Day of Yoga by the UN General Assembly.

BKS Iyengar had alluded to the concept in Bangalore two years earlier and in September 2014 it was formally requested by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, where he stated:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

A total of 175 nations co-sponsored the resolution,

The first celebration of the International Day of Yoga this year was observed by millions worldwide. Over 35,000 people, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi.

The Iyengar Yoga Assocation (IYA) organised events in Exeter, during the annual convention over the weekend. Throughout the UK events were organised by centres and individuals of which Iyengar yoga had a significant presence.

In South West London The Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan hosted a free open day on Sunday 21st involving the resident yoga teachers (who include SWLSIY Iyengar teachers) and students. It proved very successful with well over a hundred visitors, embracing Patantali’s yoga and all yoga practices, including Iyengar. A representative from the Indian High Commission was the guest speaker of the event which opened in the Mountbatten Hall with talks and asana demonstrations, followed by popular taster classes throughout the day, of which the High Commission representative himself was a student!

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