International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day organised by CODEC-UK
London, 21st June. CODEC-UK organised International Yoga Day in aroma Lounge, 96 Llanover Road, Wembley. On the occasion Councillor James Ali had highlighted the importance of Yoga and said that the first international Yoga day was declared by the UN after the initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 2014. He said the Yoga day is being celebrated in around 177 countries after the request from UN. Councillor James also defined Yoga as union of body, soul and mind. He assured his supports personally and from council for any health activities for the local community. Yoga instructor Mr Krishna Acharya described benefits of YOGA in terms of body, mind and breathing. This means individual body for shape, mind for stillness and breathing for patterns. The programme was facilitated by Executive Member Mr. Ranadhoj Rana. Altogether 38 participants were present during the programme and participants perform the YOGA exercise. CODEC-UK has been organising 26 weeks YOGA session with the funding support of Award for All, BIG Lottery Fund.
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June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in India. In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.
From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. According to Sadhguru, Lord Shiva, the first yoga practitioner(Adi Yogi) is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first guru (Adi Guru). Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime MinisterNarendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:
“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.”