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
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