Many people first turn to yoga as a way to combat a busy and stressful modern lifestyle, seeking the balance that it promises. On International Yoga Day, we are taking a look at this years theme, and the ways yoga can promote harmony and peace for us not only as individuals but also on a grander scale.
In 2017, the people of Lucknow in India experienced the incredible energy and harmony of 51,000 people all practising yoga together. We have all felt that, the energy and sense of inclusion that comes at the end of a particularly satisfying yoga class, the camaraderie of a shared experience.
When India’s Prime Minister, Narenda Modi put forward his behest to the United Nations for an International Yoga Day in 2014, he described yoga as embodying 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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being.
Chances are if you have been to a couple of yoga classes, you will know that the word Yoga comes from the sanskrit yoga meaning union, or harmony. Its practice is all about balancing opposing forces, the masculine/feminine, mind/body. So many of the difficulties that we face in our lives come from a feeling of disconnection; from ourselves, from the people around us, from the wider world . As the final limb of yoga, Samadhi promises together mind, the joining of consciousness and the literal break down of all barriers between us and the rest of the universe. No biggie. There iss no better way to promote peace in our daily lives, and on a more macro scale, than to remind ourselves that everyone is fundamentally the same, cut from the same cloth and any differences of race, religion, who we are supporting in the World Cup, are superficial only. Â
As part of our search for enlightenment (Samadhi) however, yoga does recognise the different layers of existence, which we work through following its Eight Limbs, the body, breath, the senses, meditation. By bringing these into harmony within ourselves, we can more easily live harmoniously with those around us. It is so much easier to brush off a curt reply at work, our coffee order being mixed up or a frustrating time with our family if we feel good about (in harmony with) ourselves.
The first of the five yamas of yoga is ahimsa – or non-violence, to ourselves and others. This is the foundation of all the other yamas and relates not only to our intentions but also awareness of the consequences of our thoughts and actions. No one can reach enlightenment if they are too busy judging themselves and the people around them poorly.
Yoga encourages us to think a little more, about our movement, about our thoughts and our focus, about what we put into our bodies, and how we treat one another. This International Yoga Day hopes to shine a light on the healing powers of yoga and our capacity for peace and harmony through its practice.
If you are feeling inspired by International Yoga Day 2019, come and join us for beautiful yoga and meditation retreat and see how a daily practice can bring a little peace in an often chaotic world.
Since the inaugural celebration in 2014 the United Nations celebrates International Yoga Day on 21 June. This year’s theme is Yoga for Harmony & Peace.
Many people turn to yoga to combat a busy and stressful modern lifestyle. The combination of breath work, mindful movement and meditation can bring balance to lives that so often revolve around work, responsibilities and our external selves. How can yoga promote harmony and peace for us as individuals and how can we relate this to the wider world in general?
Sing to me oh muse of busy lives, where everyone is seeking balance but do we know what that means?
If I ask you what yoga means, chances are as a friend of Dfrost with maybe a few yoga classes under your belt, you know that it means, very simply reunion. Union of body and mind.
21 June – longest day of the year northern hemisphere
This worldwide event is celebrated by people across the globe where they meditate, participate in debates, meetings, discussions and perform cultural events.
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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly.
It is the day that Shiva is said to have first introduced yoga to the world through the Seven Sages (Saptarishi), earning him the title of Adiyogi (“first yogi”). In yogic tradition, this date is when the transition to Dakshinayan occurs — a time when support for spiritual practices is deemed to be at its strongest.
21st June marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. And as the day that Shiva is said to have first introduced yoga to the world, it is also the perfect day to celebrate International Yoga Day.
Officially celebrated by the United Nations since 2015, this year’s 5th annual International Yoga Day is centered on the theme of Yoga for Harmony & Peace. Many of us turn to yoga to help bring balance to a hectic lifestyle, but how can yoga bring peace on a grander scale?
When Narenda Modi the Indian Prime Minister put forward his behest to the United Nations in 2014 he described yoga as embodying 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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being.
So often in our busy lives we become disconnected, mind from body, human from nature, us from them. The search for balance brings us to yoga retreats, mindfulness and finding more and more ways of living consciously.
Social element – energy when practicing together – harmony of 50k people practicing in one place at one time (2017)
Ultimate goal of yoga is samadhi – together mind, enlightenment joining of consciousness
When the cells, tissues, organs and systems of function work in a coordinated manner, one experiences harmony, exuberant health and wellness. On the other hand, if the cellular community is divided and works in a discordant manner, disease and illness ensues. The practice of yoga is designed to strengthen the harmony in the body, mind and spirit, thereby promoting health and wellness. In fact, the word yoga means to unite in harmony.
Recognizing different layers of existence – body, breath, mind, spirit and bring them into harmony, working towards bringing harmony with rest of the world
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