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June 21 is World Yoga Day…free yoga in the park 9am

World Yoga Day June 21, 2016

Celebrate World Yoga Day on Tuesday June 21st by joining for FREE yoga in Waterloo Park.

9am – 10am: ?Yoga all ages and abilities

Bring your own yoga mat or towel.

For more details:

E-mail jayne@innovativewellness.ca

Visit our website https://innovativewellness.ca

Location: Waterloo Park ( 50 Young St W, Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8)

Did you know, the first International Day of yoga was observed world over on June 21, 2015?

Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.[1]

June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.[2]
“By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.” – BAN KI-MOON, United Nations Secretary-General (source: http://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/)


The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of June 21 as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014[9][10] wherein he stated:[11]

“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 us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” – ??Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly (Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Yoga_Day)

The United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ?yoga? derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day by resolution 69/131.

International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.