Hello Yogis, it’s time for another monthly edition of the Yoga Blue newsletter for June. Lots of wonderful stuff going on this month, so let's see what kind of fun celebrations we may want to observe. June third is National Doughnut Day, the sixth is the start of Ramadan, the eighth is National Best friend day, and the eighth is also World Oceans Day. The twelfth is the start of Shavuot, the fourteenth is Flag Day and the eighteenth is International Picnic Day. The nineteenth is Father’s Day and the nineteenth is also Juneteenth. The twentieth is the Summer Solstice and World Refugee Day. The twenty-third is International Widows’ Day. The twenty fourth is a day dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The twenty sixth is the official Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The twenty-ninth is the day for Saint Peter. This month also celebrates a very special day for Yoga and Yogis alike all around the world.
That’s right Yoga friends, June 21, 2016 is the second annual World Yoga Day. The story begins way back in September of 2014 when India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, proposed an International Day of Yoga to promote international peace. His request was granted by the UN General Assembly on December 11th, 2014 in an effort to highlight the benefits of yoga. On June 21st, 2015, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated worldwide, leading to a new Guinness Record for the largest yoga lesson, consisting of 35,985 people, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a large number of dignitaries from an astounding 84 nations. Bliss was in the air of New Delhi as everyone joined together for 21 Yoga poses over a 35 minute period. International Yoga Day was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.
When proposing the date, Prime Minister Modi said that the date was “The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, having special significance in many parts of the world." In Yoga, the first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. The Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana in which Shiva, the first yoga practitioner, is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first guru.
The declaration of this day came after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 where he stated: 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 us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.
This day is also a great opportunity to start a Yoga practice if you haven’t already, or if you have a regular practice, then maybe it’s time to step up your game and begin to set your drishti (gaze) toward a stronger, deeper, and more focused practice. To expand your knowledge of this beautiful practice physically, mentally, spiritually, and hopefully as all of the above is the true meaning of the union of Yoga.
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