June 21st was declared as the International day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11th 2014.

This special day (the concept of which was suggested by B.K.S. Iyengar in a talk in Bangalore sometime in 2011) will be celebrated all over the world.

In his address  to the U N General Assembly, the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi 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 within 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.”

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 a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

Check out BBC Breakfast news 21.06.15 for Iyengar Yoga broadcasts at 06.50 and 08.50 am. You never know who you might see!

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Or just unroll your mat at home and be part of the global practice.