Before you go and start saying ‘OK, International day of this, that and now what?’, we’d like to inform you on what kind of purpose these international days serve. Despite the ‘spamming’ sense you might get from the invasion of Twitter hashtags on #international whatever, these celebratory 24 hours are aimed at raising awareness across communities worldwide on specific themes and with that they can reach even the most disadvantaged groups of people and that’s where International Yoga Day comes in as one of the best of these events to do just that.
If we look at yoga history, we are transported to India, where this spiritual practice originated. Have you ever wondered what the word ‘yoga’ actually means’? The word wasn’t chosen by chance, but to symbolise the direct benefits of yoga: it means in fact to join and reunite, two conjoint actions at very base of connection the body and consciousness in one harmonic thing.
Now that you know this elevated side to yoga, are you ready to find out all about this June 21st International Day of Yoga?
The United Nations officially proclaimed this date official in 2014 and along these 3 years in which the occurrence has been celebrated, there have been different themes leading these worldwide functions. Whether 2017 was all about Yoga Health, highlighting the holistic approach of yoga and the benefits it has on the mind and body altogether, in 2015 it all happened very differently.
A wide number of dignitaries including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with 35,985 people performed 21 yoga asanas (the most famous amongst yoga poses) for 35 minutes. Call that guerrilla Yoga, sure thing is New Delhi changed its status from chaos to zen for that day.
International Yoga Day 2018 will be ‘Yoga for Peace’: organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. One of the most famous yoga practitioners, the late B. K. S. Iyengar expressed what the power of yoga can have on peoples: “Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
Why June the 21st?
June the 21st has been chosen has the official day for International Day of Yoga as it happens to be the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), as it is the summer solstice, which in Yoga marks the transition to Dakshinayana, the ancestral when the gods and goddesses are in their celestial sleep.
So if on June 21st you have the chance to take a day off and join in harmony the community and learn how to keep your cool on, whilst having fun and doing good for yourself.