Saint Lucia to observe International Day of Yoga

Press release

PRESS RELEASE – On December 11 in 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 Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. 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.

It 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.

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, Mr. 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. “

“175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution.” It Had the “highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.”

St Lucia will be joining countries all over the world in celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 21st 2015. 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 am. on Sunday June 21st 2015.

Teachers will explain some of the numerous benefits of practicing 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. Practicing 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 endeavors 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 program is planned and will begin promptly at 10 am on Pigeon Island National Landmark June 21st. 2015. Please bring along your yoga mats, cushion and a towel. Everyone participates!

The Program is as follows

International Day Of Yoga   June 21st 2015

Program

10 am             Welcome

What is Yoga?

10.10 am       Yoga asanas      Beginners Yoga session/  Sun Salutation Challenge

10.55 am       Yoga Nidra

11.15 am        What is Pranayama?

What is meditation?

11.30 am       Breathing/Pranayama /      Children’s Yoga session

11.40 am       Guided meditation

12.10 am       What is ayurveda?

Short talk on Food and nutrition

12.35 am       Meet the teachers/ Sharing of information

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5 comments

  1. What are you talking about this is not good for christians!We have christians or vis-sians?Yoga are essential meditation for your spiritual soul.Read the pslams of David he's asking us to meditate onto the lord but,never predicted how to meditate.Yoga assist you to find yourself in a number of ways.According,to my presence around the Bhuddist,you can medicate to heal yourself from diseases such as cancer.You can also meditate in natural areas to heal other people.Just,like christians would pray for the sick and shuttened as you may have heard on our radio stations.When the meditation is in progress you can feel yourself floating in thee air on whatever your mind focuses on at the time.It's like focusing in your prayers to win the lottery to make it a reality.Don't remember,David was also a musician playing the HARP or drumming with those African drums all that,contributes to meditation of a heart beat.Never fool around with people who are drummers they will Chant you.Neither people who meditates by the sea.There's a God of the sea with Yoga.This god dwells among the fishes we loved to eat.Could of hightlighted more stuff but,am stopping there.Yoga is very powerful and there are physicality in yoga for your blood circulation,nerves,etc.If you do yoga often you can prevent yourself from suffering heart-attacks and strokes.Takes you back into eating healthily above all what i have said.We just,need more education on that topic.

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  3. Those of us who are Christians should do some background on yoga. It is not advisable that Christians practice this.

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    • @ Ti caca, lets be a bit more open minded and invite other philosophies and practices into St. Lucia. After all we can not stay behind while other countries of the Caribbean and Americas are moving forward. And let also remember that Christianity is not native to any St. Lucian. It's a religion that spread to the Afro, Indo and AmerIndian people from the European colonizers a century and a half ago.

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  5. If Yoga has been a strong indian culture,why we couldn't asked those Nepalese students to teach us yoga so that,we can control our emotions among other good things in terms of spirituality.I find that,our St.lucian anger that lies within us is very high.Can we see that these students knows how to contained themselves better than we do in this country?I'm sure if they were lucian or other caribbean students,we would of seen violence on the streets of St.lucia during their protest action.

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    • @ Qazzy Bouy*8 Please understand that as St.lucia is developing healthy diplomatic connections with other Nations, its important to share cultural customs. St.Lucia is doing this in the name of diplomacy, cultural diffusion and economic growth.

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