ON December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.
The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Honourable Indian Prime Minister, NarendraModi during his address to the 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.”
In suggesting June 21, which is the summer solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, 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. “
One hundred and seventy-five nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution, the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of this nature.
St Lucia will be joining countries all over the world celebrating International Day of Yoga this coming Sunday. Several yoga teachers and yoga organizations on the island have teamed up to offer an open day event on Pigeon Island National Park beginning from 10:00 a.m.
Teachers will explain some of the numerous benefits of practising yoga some of which include:
Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
Improved fitness. Practising yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength; and this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavours or in your daily activities.
Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga also helps alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
Teachers will also take the opportunity to dispel some of the myths surrounding the practice.
An interesting, fun and interactive programme is planned and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m . Please bring along your yoga mats, cushion and a towel. Everyone participates!