Since 2015 yogis around the world have celebrated International Yoga Day on June 21st. The notion behind this is to show some love for the multi-cultural, universally embraced wonder that is yoga! Today we are going to explain more about this celebration and how the world has responded to it, as well as share our own beliefs about honouring yoga!
The idea to hold the event came from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who describes yoga as, “an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition”.
It was also his idea to host the event on the day of the Summer Solstice, as it holds significance around the globe. This is a day when people come together to celebrate the longest day of the year and the much anticipated start of summer!
With the creation of the International Day of Yoga also came the appointment of the Minister for Yoga in India. This has led many people to believe that the Indian government are trying to reclaim yoga for the country, and to show the world where the roots of yoga truly lay.
Although India holds the origins of yoga, the postural version of this practice that is popular around the world today certainly differs in many ways from the yoga described in the ancient Indian scriptures. This modernised version combines breathing techniques with martial arts, gymnastics and contortion. Research into the evolution of practicing in this way suggests that yoga, as many of us know it today, may not even have been categorised as yoga prior to the last century!
It is primarily this postural yoga that the Indian government is concerned with when spreading their message of yoga for a happier, healthier world!
A Day or a Lifetime?
At Y2M we think that, although a global day for recognising yoga is an almost universal acknowledgement of the countless benefits it has for the body, soul and mind, we should also remember that yoga isn’t just for one day of the year!
Yoga is a way of life, not a sport; It is a practice for training the body and opening the mind to live a blissed life regardless of mobility, ability or time restrictions!
HumpDay Yoga is our way of celebrating yoga every Wednesday in Battersea Park and you’re always invited to join! The class is donation based, with all proceeds going to the TRIBE Freedom Foundation – an incredible organisation established to combat human trafficking!