Celebrating the International Day of Yoga At Our Studio!
While yoga has been around for centuries, International Day of Yoga is a relatively new practice. The United Nations officially deemed June 21 to be International Day of Yoga in 2015, and it will be on June 21 every year following.
The History of the International Day of Yoga
It wasn’t a group of Lululemon employees, yoga gurus, or even yoga students who championed the creation of an international yoga celebration. It was actually the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Modi advocated for an international yoga celebration before the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, stating that, “yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being… let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
The organizing group chose June 21 because of the significance that the Summer Solstice has to yoga and the world. Not only is it the longest day of the year, but it also represents a shift to Dakshinayana. In Hindu tradition, Dakshinayana is a period that lasts six months after the summer solstice and represents the purification of our mind and bodies.
Though the holiday has only existed for a few years, millions of yogis from across the hemispheres unite in flow on this special day.
Celebrate At Yoga Pod West Houston
For us in West Houston, the International Day of Yoga is another reason to celebrate our yoga studio community and the practice we all cherish.
Our Thursday schedule is chock-full of yoga classes throughout the day, and most will include a summer-inspired theme and flow.
You could catch a sunrise podFLOW 2 at 5:45 a.m. — after all, what’s a better way to celebrate the Summer Solstice than to salute the sun as it rises?
If you’re more of a night owl, you can catch a 7:45 p.m. YIN class to relax after a long day or unroll your mat for an 8 p.m. podFLOW 1.
Whenever you want to get to your mat, Yoga Pod West Houston will be there with a class for you!
If you can’t make it to our yoga studio for a class, you can at least honor the day by practicing a few Sun Salutations on your own. Ancient yogis developed this sequence to honor the sun, as the name suggests, and to keep active in the morning.
Move through a few Sun Salutations by flowing from mountain pose to forward fold, followed by half-way lift, through a chaturanga and upward facing dog, and back to downward facing dog. Even a few minutes of practice can leave you feeling refreshed and energized for the day!
Taking a Moment to Reflect
We hope that no matter how you celebrate the International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice that it gives you a chance to reflect on the role yoga plays in your life. Why do you come to your mat day after day? What has yoga helped you to develop? What does yoga mean to you?
We’re excited to connect with you at our yoga studio in West Houston. Stop by on June 21 to celebrate the International Day of Yoga!