The High Commission of India, Wellington is pleased to announce the holding of the International Day of Yoga celebrations at Wellington ( at 9 a.m. at 48 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington ) and other NZ cities on 21st June 2015.
The event will present unique opportunities for witnessing live demonstrations of Yoga asanas by designated experts and Yoga teachers and also for interacting personally with them. Similar such events are proposed to be held in other cities in New Zealand which would connect with the Wellington Yoga Event online in real time. Needless to say, the celebration of the IDY is open to all people who register for the event.
It may be recalled that 21 June was declared as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 2014.Yoga, a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, aims to transform the body and mind. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Yoga Day by the Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, H. E. Mr. Narendra Modi during his address at the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. 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”.
June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, 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 spiritual leader sadhguru, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
It is hoped that this celebration of the IDY will create awareness about Yoga and how it benefits each person. We are confident that your participation in the IDY events will facilitate better understanding about the significance of traditional and authentic Yoga techniques, rather than the gymnasium-style versions of Yoga, which are often propagated.
As participation in the event will be strictly on the basis of prior registration, we encourage you to please register at the earliest at www.hicomind.org.nz/yoga. If you are in Wellington, then please join us at Bharat Bhavan, 48, Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, for the IDY celebration. If you are not in Wellington, then you will be notified of the nearest venue by email after you have registered.