“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
– Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“For centuries, people from all walks of life have practiced yoga, recognizing its unique embodiment of unity between mind and body. Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony.”
– Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th UN General Assembly
“By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.”
– United Nations General Assembly
This Sunday, June 21, 2015, we will be celebrating the first International Day of Yoga on Sunday. This was first declared by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014 as a response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the adoption of the International Day of Yoga last September. This year, more than 177 countries will be participating in this event.
The date, which falls on the Summer Solstice, would be the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of summer and, in yogic lore, is a time when spiritual practices are encouraged and helped by the higher realms.
More than just a physical practice, I believe yoga has become an art, a lifestyle, and a guiding philosophy for most people nowadays. It has inspired us to come together, to be active in working on ourselves, and to be aware in how we can contribute to the evolution of the world we live in.
On Sunday, the Philippines will be joining the rest of the world in honoring the International Day of Yoga. There will be a big event at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura sponsored by the Embassy of India, Tech Mahindra, and Asia Society. The program seeks to provide a rich & fun-filled educational & cultural experience through introductory demonstrations and classes. Everyone is welcome to join and admission is free. For more information, click here.