International Yoga Day 2019: Taking Climate Action

We are recognizing this auspicious day every year now at Yoga Mountain Studio. This year, the theme is Climate Action and we are focusing on Peace and how to take peaceful action in the world of climate change. 

Each class will be guided with a special meditation, prayer, ritual and/or practice in honor of this day and the shifting of the sun as we move into summer solstice celebration. Sign up for your Friday class in advance.  Then, on Saturday, June 22nd, Sienna and Linda will hold a Potluck and then Peace meditation after Siennas class and during the restorative portion of the Therapeutic class. For those who want to participate, this event is FREE but please bring a dish to share. Sign up online. 

Yoga is regarded as one of the most effective methods of establishing a connection between the body-minds by Indian sages since time immemorial. It is a type of exercise that is performed through diet, breathing and physical posture for the relaxation of body and mind. This ancient form of holistic healing received formal recognition by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. The UN General Assembly acknowledged 21st June as the World Yoga Day. The resolution, led by India, was adopted without a vote by 177 out of the 193 countries that constitute the UN. It had 175 co-sponsors, the highest ever for any such resolution in the UN General Assembly.

The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” In this regard, the World Health Organization has also urged its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.

But yoga is more than a physical activity. In the words of one of its most famous practitioners, the late B. K. S. Iyengar, “Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”

History of International Yoga Day

The root of this historic declaration can be traced back to the year 2001, when the proposal for a “World Yoga Day” was observed by Portuguese Yoga Confederation and the Yoga Samkhya Institute. Consequently, the first World Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June 2002. The first steps towards this declaration was taken on a conference, titled ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’ which was held in Bengaluru on 4th and 5th December 2011. It was the first time in history, that a yoga guru from all parts of the world was endorsing the idea for an International Day for Yoga.

The significance of 21st June

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech to the UN General Assembly suggested the date 21st June as World Yoga Day. The date holds special significance as it is the longest day in the northern hemisphere and is one of the special two days when the rays of the sun directly hit one of the two tropical latitude lines. The change of the sun’s relationship with the planet bears a significant impact on the lives of the inhabitants of this planet, especially for people residing within eighteen degrees to forty-eight degrees north latitude, because this part of the earth gets the maximum impact in this shifting.

Observance of International Yoga Day 2015

On June 21st, 2015 the first International Yoga day was celebrated in different parts of the world. The main action was centered on the Indian capital city of New Delhi, where a record number of 35985 people from 84 different nations practiced yoga on Rajpath for 35 minutes. It was a world record in itself. It is estimated that around 200 million people worldwide practice yoga. The number stands at 20 million in the United States alone. With this declaration, more and more people are expected to adopt this method of healing which would benefit them in the long run.

International Yoga Day 2019,  Climate Action

Climate Action is the theme this year and we will be practicing some special Kriya cleansing practices and awareness practices for you to participate in all day (Oh, and there will be treats, goodies, and tea as well!)  Come and join us at Yoga Mountain Studio on Friday, June 21st for an International Celebration of Yoga.

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