International Yoga Day

AUTHOR:  Jessica Nyrop
DATE:  06/21/2021

”Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”– The Bhagavad Gita

Yoga Is...

Yoga is old; it has been around for thousands of years. Yoga is fun; you can participate in goat or puppy yoga. Yoga is grounding; you can bring yourself into the present.  Yoga is everywhere; it is practiced around the world.

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National Recognition

The idea of dedicating a day to yoga was first proposed by India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. On December 11th, 2014, it was decided yoga would be celebrated on June 21st, the longest day in the Norther Hemisphere and a day to gods and nature across many cultures. In 2015, The International Day of Yoga was recognized by the United Kingdom to celebrate the connection of mind and body through yoga practice and the benefits of yoga. Yoga is more that just exercise, it is a method to cultivate grace, compassion, gratitude, and happiness in day-to-day life.

Benefits of Yoga

  • Decreases stress
  • Releases anxiety
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves cardiac health
  • Enhances quality of life
  • Decreases depression
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Breath control
  • Increases strength
  • Relieves migraines
  • Promotes better eating habits
  • Supports joint health
  • Increases mindfulness
  • Fosters mental calmness
  • Improves flexibility and balance
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Decreases chronic pain
  • Prevents back pain

How Can You Celebrate the International Day of Yoga?

Yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime and for any length of time. The word yoga in theory is a tree trunk, and through time, it has grown many branches such as hatha yoga, power yoga, and other styles. This June 21st, find a branch of yoga that resonates with you and join the world as we celebrate the practice of yoga.  For free class offerings visit

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