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Celebrate International Yoga Day Sunday 21 June

Celebrate International Yoga Day Sunday 21 June

By Bridie Walsh

Roll out your mat to join thousands around the world to celebrate International Yoga Day on Sunday 21 June 2015.

Geeta Iyengar, Mr BKS Iyengar’s daughter and director of Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in India recommends a series of Asana and Pranayama sequences. She says that the special day, inaugurated by the United Nations (UN), will create awareness and improve people’s wellbeing.

The 32 recommended poses can be practiced as a single program or merged with your own.

India’s Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi who appointed a minister of yoga also advocated for international recognition of yoga. He says, “Official recognition by the UN will further spread the benefit of yoga to the entire world”.

The UN resolution to create an international yoga day was supported by 175 nations. The highest number of co-sponsors for a resolution like this. Prime Minister Modi calls Yoga the gift of India’s ancient tradition.

So take time out on Sunday 21 June for your own personal practice. You will participate in a 5000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice that promotes union and harmony, health and wellbeing.

International Yoga Day coincides with the last day of a five-day yoga retreat at Griffins Hill.  We are hosting 11 people who will join a three-hour morning yoga workshop taught by Frank Jesse. It will incorporate the sequence recommended by Geeta Iyengar. The workshop is followed by a delicious traditional southern-Indian food – masala dosa – handmade by Jane Gibb. 

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