June 21, was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. The declaration of this day 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. This tradition is 5000 years old. 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."
We were excited to be part of the first ever International Day of Yoga. So on Sunday 21 June, a crisp cool Melbourne morning, we opened our doors at our Richmond centre and welcomed around 100 people in throughout the morning to experience and enjoy an authentic practice of yoga.
Six free classes were offered catering for the different needs of people and to highlight multiple benefits of this great ancient science of yoga. Thank you to the volunteer teachers who helped make this possible.
Gentle Stretch & Release
Hip Opening & Core Strengthening
Paranayam & Meditation
Familiar faces and new, locals and people who had traveled, beginners and experienced yogis everyone throughly enjoyed their experience. We are very grateful to be able to make authentic yoga accessible to our community, allowing all to experience the holistic benefits the practice brings.
Here are some photos: