On June 21, the International Yoga Community celebrated the International Yoga Day or commonly referred to as Yoga Day, celebrated since 2015. This was the result of a proposal of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
During his speech at the General Assembly he stated:
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. 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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in wellbeing . Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly
Among the things that came to mind during this day was how much my relationship to Yoga has changed since the first class I took about 12 years ago! My motivation to go to that lesson, that day, was purely physical. A doctor recommended that I try it out to give my bones, muscles and nerves some space to alleviate the pain caused by scoliosis in my spine.
After that class, I continued to practice, especially when I felt pain. As I got to know more and more diverse teachers, styles and guides and listen to myself, I started to realize that the physical aspects were only a very small portion of the spectrum of what the practice really is. As I began to become more aware of the state of my body and mind, rather than only listen when the pain came, I could tell after a yoga class I was a much calmer, happier and relaxed person.
As the world shared photos and videos of packed Yoga classes and yoga selfies worldwide commemorating International Yoga Day, I thought of how recently I haven’t been able to go to many classes or engage in a steady physical practice because of lack of time and many other reasons. Nonetheless, I didn’t feel disengaged from yoga, opposite I feel really connected. I started thinking of why this might be. And the conclusion is this: “Instead of going to yoga”, I started “bringing yoga to my life”. Alternately of making yoga an “isolated” & “punctual” thing that I engage with once or twice a day or weekly, the more I opened up to the teachings outside a “yoga class”, the more I noticed a shift in myself and the way I responded to life´s unexpected situations.
Yoga has helped me liberate myself from unnecessary layers and beliefs that limit my growth towards becoming a better person, connected to my source of love & bliss. When we manage to bring this to ALL aspects of our lives, our relationship with ourselves, our work, our families and the people around us consequently change as well. “We realize everyone is going through this same process and we honor what we have become conscious us from within ourselves.”
Why not make yoga an integral part of all activities and facades of your life? After all, the yoga teachings suggest that the physical practice is only a complement to the true objective: obtaining peace of mind & happiness to thrive in our essence and share it with ALL other beings.
Let´s keep celebrating Yoga Day every day and whenever we can, especially when we meet at the Barcelona Yoga Conference! In one month! Are you excited??!! And remember why YOU practice…