International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Kennesaw State University Convocation Center Rooms 2010/2013
11:00 am - 12: 15 pm and 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Led by Kennesaw State University Yoga Instructors Shell Boyer and Susan Walker

Wednesday, June 21st is the International Day of Yoga. Join Yoga Instructors Shell Boyer and Susan Walker in the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center for a free yoga demonstration and lesson. There will be two sessions, one at 11:00 am and one at 12:30 pm. Learn how yoga can enhance your physical and mental well-being. This event is free and open to the public.

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of their previous yoga experience. The poses and other activities will be introductory in nature and not too strenuous. Participants are recommended to wear comfortable clothes and are allowed to bring a yoga mat if they wish, though it is not required to attend.

About International Day of Yoga

According to the International Day of Yoga homepage, yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice created in India designed to transform both body and mind. On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, suggested it during his address to the 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 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."

Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, notes the importance of this day in the yogic tradition: “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.”

The resolution to establish the International Day of Yoga was co-sponsored by 175 countries.