Did you know there’s a legit, international day solely dedicated to yoga?
I know in my world (and many of yours) every day is dedicated to yoga, but on June 21st, the world will recognize and come together in the name of YOGA. Let me repeat that real quick… the ENTIRE world will take a moment to show the yoga practice some LOVE!
And you + me need to be a part of this movement, no questions asked, we need to support the cause!
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If this yoga day talk is alien sounding to you, let me divulge a bit more, so that we’re all on the same page:
- This is the second annual celebration of yoga.
- It has and always will occur on June 21st.
- It’s a day of recognition declared by the United Nations General Assembly (sounds so official).
- The original proposal to create this special day included the quote below, which perfectly sums up why we love yoga so damn much –
“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)
Now that you’re in the know about Yoga Day, let’s chat on how we can do our part. Below are 5 ways to get involved in International Yoga Day & they’re all super doable, pinky promise!
1. Practice Yoga – duh!
This one’s an obvious idea, but I have to cover it.
Regardless of how much time you have, I challenge you to connect breath with movement on June 21st. Step onto your mat, onto the ground, or simply sit up taller in your office chair, and CONNECT.
Find that sweet spot where the exterior becomes fuzzy and the interior fires up…. you know that place I’m talking about, I know you do.
As a nation, as a community, as a group of collective consciousness, we can and will raise the vibration of this world with our breath and movement. Believe in the magic of yoga, it’s there, waiting to be tapped into!
2. Change your Facebook profile pic
I love this neat idea and hope you will too!
Just like people have changed their profile pics for the devastating attacks on Paris & Brussels or the celebration of same-sex marriage rights, the yoga community is offering up the same opportunity.
The site above will link to your Facebook account and add an AUM overlay to your profile pic, just click the Yes, I Want to Support Yoga button, and you’ll be good to go!
Pretty awesome, right?
The idea behind the overlay is to spread the message of yoga, invite new people to the practice, and strengthen the current community.
Let’s hope the social media campaign catches on & spreads like wildfire. The more yogis, the better off this world is…..
3. Invite a friend to yoga
Like I said above, the more the yogis in this world the better…
And the only way to increase/strengthen the community is to add to it. This is where us current yogis come into the equation.
I challenge you to invite a friend, co-worker, or anyone who’s not currently part of the yoga community to your yoga studio, an outdoor yoga class, or any type of yoga event. As we’ve all experienced, breaking into the yoga community is intimidating at first. And while we know there’s nothing to be intimated about, it’s a natural reaction to anything foreign (especially weird shapes and bendy people).
Over the four years I’ve been practicing, I’ve made it a point to consciously invite people to practice alongside me…. and not surprisingly, these same people are now committed yogis! So please, invite anyone and everyone, be there to soften the first time jitters, and to experience the magic that will take place….
…..that magic being – connecting back to oneself, feeling the body again or for the first time ever, and creating shapes never imagined.
4. Give Back
This yoga to-do is my biggest focus….yet for some reason, I rarely find myself doing it.
Giving back is a conundrum, we know we’re supposed to do it, the act of it genuinely makes us feel good, but when push comes to shove – we cherish our free time and use it on ourselves.
This summer is our time yogis, let’s give back to the community.
Below are a few ideas to inspire us:
- Lead a free yoga class in a public setting or start a local donation based class.
- Donate your precious dollars and/or time to these amazing organizations – Africa Yoga Project, Giving Back Yoga Foundation, The Prison Yoga Project, Off the Mat, Into the World, Bent on Learning.
- Donate your time to your local community, whatever movement or organization interests you, go do that!
5. Find an event near you
And lastly, if there’s an event celebrating International Yoga Day, for the love of yoga – go be part of it!
Grab a friend, family member, yoga studio member, or go by yourself and participate! As I’ve said numerous times now, the stronger our breath and movement is, the more we can help change this world through our yoga practice (which is insane, but so true).
If you live in India, the mecca of all yoga events takes place. And if you live in NYC, Times Square shuts down and hosts yoga classes all damn day (so epic, I hope to be there one day).
And if there’s no event taking place in your local community, take the initiative to start one!
Yogis and non-yogis, I hope these ideas help spark a fire within you to support the yoga movement, especially on International Yoga Day!
Please let your friends and family know, ask them to join you, or do it on your own – but please be part of the magic, in whatever way possible.
Let’s Talk – Did you know June 21st is a United Nations recognized day for yoga? Did you celebrate last year? Do you plan to celebrate this year with these tips? How do you stay involved in your local yoga community, on this day and every day?
As always – comments, suggestions, questions, or general yoga love, drop it down below!
Until next time – xoxo.
Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
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