International Yoga Day Celebrations

Celebrations around the world mark the first International Yoga Day and, coinciding with this first international event, the Iyengar Yoga Convention is taking place in Exeter this weekend – great timing!

Take a look at how the celebrations in India are being reported on the BBC news – wouldn’t it be great if Western leaders followed Prime Minister Modi’s lead?

Today being the summer solstice it’s a great opportunity to practise Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). This sequence of eight poses is traditionally performed every morning, facing the sun, to greet the new day.surya-namaskar-logo

  1. Start in Tadasana.
  2. Inhale and stretch your arms into Urdhva Hastasana.
  3. Exhale extend forwards into Uttanasana.
  4. Inhale and extend into Ardha Uttanasana with the fingertips on the floor.
  5. Exhale and step your feet back.
  6. Lower into Chaturanga Dandasana.
  7. Inhale and extend forward into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.
  8. Exhale and  come into Adho Mukha Svanasana.
  9. Inhale and step your feet forward to Ardha Uttanasana.
  10. Exhale back to Uttanasana.
  11. Inhale and come into Urdhva Hastasana.
  12. Exhale and return to Tadasana.

International Yoga Day

Let’s celebrate yoga!

The summer solstice in 2015 coincides with the very first International Yoga Day sponsored by The United Nations.

Sunday 21 June 2015, the summer solstice and longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, will be celebrated around the world as the first International Yoga Day sponsored by the United Nations.

According to yoga lore, the first full moon after the summer solstice is when the first transmission of yoga is said to have taken place.

Iyengar yoga students in all parts of the world will use this day to honour both yoga and our teacher BKS Iyengar.

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