International Yoga Day 2016
International Day of Yoga , or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request for an international day for yoga was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UN/GA) on December 11, 2014, almost unanimously. Yoga is a physical, mental, and/ or spiritual practice attributed mostly to India. Narendra Modi suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world (Summer Solstice).
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. 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 in well being . Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
One of the 2016 venues was celebrated at London’s Alexandra Palace with an entire day (8am to 7pm) of free yoga. The grounds of the historic People’s Palace are perfect for such an energetic outdoors event.
We registered and brought our mat to celebrate International Yoga Day at Alexandra Palace. This year also featured laughter yoga, BoxingYoga™, face yoga, teen yoga. Especially laughter yoga sounded compeling and relaxing. There was also plenty of opportunities to engage in meditation practises, such as a Silent Walking Meditation on the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Labyrinth.
Don’t miss out, make sure you join in next year by keeping tabs www.iyd.yoga or check your local events on Facebook!