Who knew that there was an international yoga day? It makes sense that there is one when we hear what founder and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to say about yoga at the 2014 UN General Assembly where he first proposed the day:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.”
Held on the 21st of June, a day of great significance for yogis as it is the summer and winter solstice in respective hemispheres, the day acknowledges the now worldwide practice of yoga and promotes its benefits for physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
The theme for its 8th year is Yoga for Humanity – to highlight the way in which yoga has brought people together during and after Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and hardships, and how it serves humanity through suffering.
To celebrate the day, award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs, located in the hills of the Mornington Peninsula, will be holding complementary morning and sunset hot springs yoga as part of its daily, year-round yoga timetable and wellness program. Don’t miss out on stimulating yoga celebrations and book today.
For those up north, the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga is hosting a Yoga Day Festival in Brisbane. The event will include mindfulness workshops, yoga wisdom talks, group yoga sessions, live Kirtan bands, mantra meditation and vegan specialty food. All payments for festival tickets are donation-based, with all proceeds going to fund the event and free ongoing meditation programs for the community.
These are just two examples to encourage looking for an in-person yoga experience near you. Alternatively, look for online classes offered especially for the day, or browse through the timetables of renowned studios such as those offered by the Australian Yoga Academy to find an experienced yoga instructor and class type that suits your pace and intensity. Another option is to follow YouTube yoga sessions with personalities such as Yoga With Adrienne, SarahBethYoga and Yoga With Bird.
Yoga is an accessible, stress-relieving energetic practice that can be done by people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Take a moment on International Yoga Day to stretch, breathe and connect with your inner yogi.