The United Nations has designated today, and every June 21 since 2014, as "International Day of Yoga."
In 2014 the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, described yoga in his address to the UN General Assembly:
It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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.
Yoga has been used in schools to provide a way of dealing with children's social and emotional problems. It has been prescribed as a way to reduce blood pressure, deal with anxiety, and as a way to prepare for childbirth. Many people find it increases their energy levels. It seems like yoga has an endless number of uses, including providing one with pleasure and a sense of accomplishment!
If you're looking to try yoga, we have materials for beginners. Search our book and DVD shelves under 613.7046 or ask at one of our service desks for assistance. We're happy to help you find what you need.
If you're at home and want to start today, visit the "Videos" page on the International Day of Yoga site or check the offerings on YouTube using "beginning yoga" as your search term! You'll literally find thousands, so there's no reason not to start!