International Yoga Day
The United Nations declared the 21st June ‘International Yoga Day’, a day recognising the ancient Indian science’s “holistic approach to health and well-being.” The day saw schools, offices, institutions and the general public celebrate in countries across the world. Communities jointly participated in practicing asana, meditation, chanting, debates, discussions and a variety of cultural performances. Resulting in a worldwide education of the benefits of yoga for the body mind and soul in today's hectic existence.
Rishikul Yogshala, feels drawn to the relevance of this day and finds itself assimilating with the objectives of the World International Day. We take this opportunity as yet another stepping stone to reach out to a higher number of people who wish to add the flavour of health to their lives with yoga. Some of the objectives of yoga like increasing awareness about yoga, encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyle or to bring the world closer in harmony & peace etc. resonate with the objectives of our school and we are grateful to the universe for offering this moment of bliss in our lives & that of the others.
Significant History of International Yoga Day
The date of the 21st June has special significant in many parts of the world as it celebrate the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the perfect day to practice Surya Namaskar (sun salutations). The logo for the day also symbolise the sun with a yogi folding both hands, in union; Union. Reflecting the individual consciousness joining universal consciousness symbolising a perfect harmony of mind and body. Leading to the essence of yoga; harmony and peace for humanity.
The vision for the day is to spread to the world the natural and holistic benefits of yoga, meditation from it’s mother land- India. Taking communities away from their busy schedules to come together and spend a day concentrating on their health and well being, transforming their bad habits by gaining a relief from stress through yoga. The day gained great momentum and strengthened the global effort amongst people through yoga, raising awareness of physical and mental diseases for which yoga provides solutions through its practice.
International Yoga Day Events Conducted in 2015
On the 21st June 2015 with world records were broken across the globe as participants undertook the spirit of the day and took to their yoga mats. The main event was held on ‘Rajpath’ in Delhi, with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-the cultivator of the event and life long practitioner of yoga in attendance alongside 35,000 officials, soldiers and students making this the worlds largest gathering as adhjucated by the Guinness book of records. 650 of India’s 676 districts participated joined by a further 251 cities across six continents following suit.
In Rishikesh, the ‘world capital of yoga’ Rishikul Yogshala contributed to the day by conducting free yoga sessions which were participated in across the world in no fewer then ten countries including America, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal and South Africa. The sessions lead by the schools teachers were well received and brought a feeling of unity across the globe through the wisdom of yoga.
Celebration of International Yoga Day 2016 at Rishikul Yogshala
Rishikul Yogshala is taking international yoga day to another level in 2016 with a celebration for the entire month of June by inviting yoga lovers and enthusiasts with a good base level of yoga to enhance their practice further with a scholarship to a 300 hour yoga teacher training course. This means giving 50 individuals the chance to enhance their yoga career further by taking the advance course so that they can return to their home communities across the globe and spread the practice of yoga.
- Worldwide free yoga sessions
- Karma yoga projects
- Celebratory fire Havan for peace in the world