“Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.”
What exactly is the Yoga Day or the International Day of Yoga?
Yoga Day also known as Antarāṣṭrīya Yog Divas is observed every year on June 21st. The day is dedicated to the ancient Indian health practice, Yoga. And what is Yoga all about? It is an ancient discipline that dates back to over 5,000 years ago and it works on the mind, body and our spirit. It helps ward off sicknesses and helps maintain and balance, mental and physical health. In a way, the practice of Yoga not just helps a person, but also helps a community on the whole.
It was onDecember 11th 2014, that the UNGA, United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga or Yoga Day.
What does the thoughtful Logo of Yoga Day or International Day of Yoga denote?
In Yoga, the symbol of hands folded is very important. This basically conveys that both the mind and body come together not just at a singular level but at a more collective, all-encompassing level. And with this, the actual intention of practicing Yoga is achieved that is to perfectly synchronize the body, mind with the surroundings and environment.
The elements of nature which here would be the earth, nature, water, energy, and fire, are represented via the leaves, the water and the different colors.
And why was June 21st chosen as the International Day of Yoga?
It is a day that is special and its importance and impact is evident in many ways. It is the day that heralds the arrival of the Summer Solstice, and officially, in many parts of the world, also heralds in the summer season. And this day is supposed to have a short night and a longer day.
But as per the Indian scriptures, this is the day which after 6 months of the sun being in the North or Uttarayana moves to the South or it is the beginning of the Dakshinayana period. And accordingly, in many parts of the world the season and weather also changes to summer, monsoons, and winter respectively.
Just after the advent of the Dakshinayana period, when the first full moon is seen is a day celebrated as Guru Poornima, dedicated to one’s Guru or teacher and remembering their teachings.
International Yoga Day celebrations 2017
It is interesting to note that in just three years into the Yoga Day celebrations, the world has taken note of this complete, healthy, and holistic practice and are attempting to learn, practice, and adapt this way of life. And this year, more than 177 countries world over, have pledged to support and have joint in this initiative.
Interestingly, in countries like Singapore and China, celebrations have already begun. In China, Yoga Day is being observed in many parts of the country including the Great Wall of China. In London, Trafalgar Square will host a major Yoga event on June 21st. Yoga Day is observed even in Havana, Cuba, and also in parts of South America.
In India, plans are afoot to host and hold special Yoga events and sessions in different parts of the country. In Mysore, a heritage destination in the state of Karnataka, the place has also earned the nickname, ‘the World Yoga Capital’, is planning on making a world record and enter the Guinness record with over 60,000 participants expected to take part in a Yoga session at one single location.
Also about, 6001 students will be taking part in an event attempting to break an existing record of the longest ever Yoga chain.
The practice of Yoga at Ayuryogashram
With Yoga gaining international coverage and recognition and it is set to grow leaps and bounds as one of the best forms of exercise or health practice, the Ayurvedic health resort, Ayuryogashram acknowledges this and is well on track.
Yoga is derived from an ancient Science and every asana, or a pose has a deep significance or meaning behind it, and it is meant to address a certain need, ailment and it even proffers overall well-being. Such being the case, with Ayurveda also being an ancient Science, both Yoga and Ayurveda are interconnected and mutually benefitting. And they are related in many ways more than one.
At Ayuryogashram, we specialize in Ayurvedic treatments and therapies and in relation, we also offer sessions of Yoga to all our guests’. Guests’ residing in the facility can partake in the Yoga sessions or classes that are conducted within the facility. The sessions are thoughtfully put together so as to benefit everyone. And the sessions are conducted by a seasoned Yoga practitioner. And over time, we have received accolades and appreciation not just for our ritualistic Ayurvedic therapies but for our Yoga sessions too.
The essence of Yoga is simple. It pervades not just a single entity or being, but is universally personified and is beneficial to mankind on the whole.
“Take time to make your soul happy- Yoga is the journey of the self through the self to the self.” Bhagavad Gita