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International Day of Yoga

June 21 was proclaimed the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations in December 2014, adopting a resolution by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The UN General Assembly calls on all states to observe the day in order to raise awareness of "the benefits of practising yoga."

"Yoga 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," said Modi.

In the same spirit, the International Sivananda centres have been teaching yoga as a lifestyle for the last 60 years in 50 different centres and Ashrams worldwide.
Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, was a pioneer in using yoga as a tool for individual and world peace.

The Sivananda Yoga Centres in Europe are offering special activities on this day. Everyone is welcome to drop by to learn about yoga or to deepen their own practice.

Sivananda Yoga at the United Nations in New York City

The Sivananda Organization has been chosen to lead a yoga class on June 20, 2017 at the United Nations in New York City as part of the 3rd International Day of Yoga, in recognition of its influence in the spreading of yoga in the West in the lineage of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda.

The class will be taught by Swami Sivadasananda, director of the Sivananda International Yoga Vedanta Centers in Europe. This 20-minute Sivananda yoga class will be part of a more comprehensive program, and then the following day on June 21 there will be a Panel Discussion with questions & answers on Yoga and Health, with participation by several yoga lineage leaders – including Sivananda – the World Health Organization, as well as corporate and media leaders:

Swami Sivadasananda of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House, Austria
Swami Chidanand Saraswati & Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati of Parmarth Ashram, Rishikesh, India
Mr. Stanton Kawer, CEO of Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the World Health Organization in New York

We would like to invite YOU to these events.

Participants can directly sign up online using this link by June 9.

20 June 2017
Yoga Session with Yoga Masters
North Lawn, United Nations
6 – 7:30 pm

21 June 2017
Conversation with Yoga Masters on Yoga for Health
United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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