Sun never sets on yoga

11 Jun 2015

London: At 6 a.m. sharp on June 13, yoga enthusiasts in Britain will join the world in a first-ever event to prove that the ‘Sun never sets on Yoga’.

Organised by The Art of Living Worldwide, thousands of participants will join other enthusiasts in 108 cities – UK included – to gather in front of a popular landmark and salute the rising sun with the power-packed sun salutations, according to the Asian Lite, a popular newspaper among British Asians.

In UK different cities London (at Wembley Park, Tower Bridge, Primrose Hill), Manchester (near MU stadium), Doncaster (scenic park with the Cusworth House in the background), Belfast, Edinburgh (Calton Hill), Leicster (Victoria Park) Oxford will participate at iconic landmarks at 6.00 am sharp, said Bhavini Vyas, Art of Living National Coordinator, UK.

The event is aimed at setting a stage for June 21, which will be celebrated as the UN International Yoga Day.

Vyas added that effectively, there will be someone doing yoga in some corner of the world at all points of day.

“Excitement is mounting and there is tremendous energy which shows and reflects on the relevance and benefits of yoga today,” she added.

The June 13 morning will include: yoga postures; breathing techniques; yogic knowledge and guided meditation.

Come June 21, yoga will be the catalyst to dissolve all boundaries as 3,000 locations around the globe will become one by the practice of Sun Salutation, a basic yoga sequence to commemorate The International Day of Yoga, Vyas said.

In 100 cities in the US, to Australia, an estimated five million people will roll out their yoga mats to mark the occasion, which has found resonance all over the world.

“Yoga has today become synonymous with relaxation, happiness, or a creative mind. The world is embracing it as a skill to enhance the quality of life. We want to reinforce this on the International Day of Yoga,” says Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation.

“The International Day of Yoga is a big moment for us. We have been teaching authentic and comprehensive yoga for the last 35 years all over the world. We are having so many events in so many countries that goes to prove that yoga is truly universal and its time has arrived,” added Kamlesh Barwal, Global Head, The Sri Sri Yoga.

Courtesy: The Indian Diaspora