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International Day of Yoga Logo

* Folding of both hands in the logo symbolize Yoga, the union, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind & body, man & nature; a holistic approach to health & well being.

* The brown leaves symbolize the Earth element, the green leaves symbolize the Nature, blue symbolizes the Water element, brightness symbolizes the Fire element and the Sun symbolizes the source of energy and inspiration.

* The logo reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of Yoga.

Planning anything for this June 21st global celebration?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.

Yoga, a 6,000+-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India (Bharat), aims to transform body and mind. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. 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.”

Narendra Modi further stated that “Yoga 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.” In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day.[9] Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.[10] Govind Gurbani Yog Guru / Vice President of Rajasthan Swasthya Yog Parisad Jaipur India informed that on 21 June fifty thousand followers of Yoga in Rajasthan will perform Yoga.

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4 Comments

  1. Parvinder Grewal's Gravatar Parvinder Grewal
    June 9, 2015    

    Hi there:)
    I am part of the UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA Festival Committee, Surrey, BC, Canada. I would love to connect with you over Facebook!
    Please share with me your Facebook page address.

  2. June 9, 2015    

    Great to connect. My Facebook address is : https://www.facebook.com/sgspence

  3. Gary's Gravatar Gary
    June 16, 2015    

    Hi there

    We are organising a Yoga event in a large park this Sunday in Berlin for the International Day of Yoga. We are hoping for good weather :) Good luck with your event.

  4. June 16, 2015    

    fantastic ~ could you send pictures after your event? would love to put on my blog. Namaste ~ Stephanie

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