International Day of Yoga

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

BKS Iyengar had alluded to the concept and in September 2014, a month after his death, it was formally requested by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi:

“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 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,

Since 2015 International Day of Yoga has been observed by millions worldwide. In the UK IY UK Member Groups, centres and individual teachers have marked the day hosting free events and taster classes.

Look out for local events in South West London and Surrey as well as on a national level. Teachers consider organising your own promotional free event!

National Iyengar Yoga Day

National Iyengar Yoga Day (NIYD) takes place in mid January every year. Events and classes are run throughout the UK and Ireland to celebrate the teachings of Guruji BKS Iyengar and to promote Iyengar Yoga on a national level. Events include free taster classes and celebrations of Guruji’s life among Member Groups and centres.

Look out for full details on the IY UK website

Promoting Iyengar Yoga through local events

SWLSIY welcomes feedback on local festivals in your area (South West London and Surrey) and the possibility of running an Iyengar Yoga stand and/or open classes for people to hear about Iyengar Yoga.

Please share your ideas by emailing directly.

Thank you for your support!