International Day of Yoga

Anybody enjoys yoga here?

I can hear some say yes and nod their heads :). 
Even those who haven't tried yoga before, have probably heard of it. 

Yoga has been known as a unique set of exercises, derived from the ancient practices in India, aiming at finding the balance for our mind, body, and soul. Even more, yoga offers more "as a way to discover the sense of oneness, with yourself, the world and  nature," as quoted from H.E. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. 


                       

And the 21st of June has been declared as the International Day of Yoga. 

The international day of yoga
                           
With the unanimous adoption of the UN Resolution on the International Yoga Day, June 21st, which happens to be the solstice,-the longest day during the year, is declared as one. With solid supports from 175 Member States of the UN, GA Resolution 69/131 was successfully adopted. And last weekend was the first inaugural  of International Day of Yoga.

                              


The celebration took place at the United Nations Visitor Center as well as at Times Square.

Bo, Obi and I decided to come to the UN and Bapak dropped us there. It was a bright sunny Sunday indeed and as we arrived there, many have taken the seats and mats provided for the first celebration of the international day of Yoga. I was lucky I could squeezed myself in there between the students while Bo et Obi happily sat in the reserved section.

The celebration started with many speeches, I have to say :). 

some of the dignitaries...
With dignitaries like the Indian Minister of External Affairs, the 69th UNGA President, congresswoman, and the UN Secretary-General, the proceedings highlighted how yoga has and will continue to bring health, joy, peace and happiness to humankind.

Keynote address from the UN Secretary-General
We also saw some videos showcasing the beauty of yoga and its endless benefits.

After that, we had the priviledge of having Sri  Sri Ravi Shankar, one of the most renowned yoga gurus and the founder of the Art of Living, led us with some basic postures of yoga. Even the UN SG and Madame Ban joined us on their mats :).

Mr. and Mrs Ban Ki-moon were ready on their mats :)
It was a great celebration indeed.
Although it was a sunny bright morning and Bo and I were fasting, but we managed to enjoy this light exercise which suited our Ramadhan day.

It was too hot for Obi :)
As for me, I was introduced to yoga while I was studying in Melbourne back in 2007. 
Since then I have been a great fan, trying to work on it although I have some time off.

I am still amateur for sure, but always enjoy my yoga sessions at home as well as with some friends and instructors, especialy after series of treatments that I have to go through with my breast cancer. It certainly brings health, peace and joy for me. My hubby, Udi, ocassionally joins me and has the yoga session together. It's fun indeed..

So, do you like yoga as well? 

25 comments:

  1. aku pernah ikut yoga sekali aja..terus setelah itu krn nggak biasa jadinya badan sakit semua mak :(

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  2. I took a few yoga classes. I tried really hard to like them, but just couldn't get into them. If my Zumba or Hip Hop class is full, I will try the Pilates/Yoga mix class, which I do like. I just find straight yoga too boring to work through for an hour.

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    1. mixed class sounds great, Theresa...for me, Yoga is the best especially after my two major surgeries..

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  3. Poor Obii, matahari sehat kok nak :D

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    1. iyaaa mak...tapi memang pagi itu panas bangeet..

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  4. Baru taau klo tgl 21 hari yoga Internasional, hihi... Itu obi manyun kepanasaan, tp ttp cakeep :*

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    1. Iyaaa Noe...memang baruuu ditetapkannya kok :)

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  5. Dulu aku menyembuhkan post partum depression pake yoga.. tapi pas udah sembuh, males. eheheehehehe

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    1. naaah kan :)...hehehehe..ayou balik yoga lagiii pung :)

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  6. Wah, ternyata Yoga ada hari hari internasionalnya juga ya mbak. Baru tau aku :D

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    1. adaaa mak...tahun ini baru pertama kali dirayakan..

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  7. G pernah yogaaaa *pegang2 badan...

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  8. Pengen bisa yoga mb..., katanya nggak cuma bisa sehat raga tapi sehat jiwa juga ya...

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  9. Ini untuk pertama kalinya aku lihat foto Obi tanpa senyum manisnya. Abis lebaran insya Allah aku mau ikut kelas Yoga nih

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  10. Pernah ikut kelas yoga...memang mengasyikkan, pengen ikut lagi belum sempet lagi aja...:(

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  11. I do like yoga. I don't go all the time, but enjoy it when I've gone. Mica and Isaak have a DVD that they do yoga to.

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  12. Yoga sekarang makin trend ya, temen anak-anakku banyak juga yang ikutan yoga. Anakku pingin tapi masih ragu2

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  13. What a cool event! Especially for people who are into yoga!

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