International Yoga Day
The History of International Yoga Day - ROSS
Yoga itself is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India about 6,000 years ago. Throughout the ages, yoga evolved and developed, along the way becoming a philosophy in itself. Then, in the 19th century, yoga came to the attention of the West, which had begun to take a general interest in Eastern culture and philosophy. Soon after, Swami Vivekananda, the first Hindu teacher to actively advocate and explain yoga to a western audience, toured Europe and the United States.
The United Nations General Assembly declared International Yoga Day official on December 11th, 2014. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, had this to say about the decision to create this day:
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. 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 a sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and 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." The date chosen on which to celebrate International Yoga Day, June 21st, is also of great significance, as it is Summer Solstice and marks the transition to Dakshinayana. So far, more than 170 countries worldwide have shown their support for this day.How to Celebrate International Yoga Day
Even if you have never tried yoga in your life, that doesn't mean that you should not be celebrating this day. Yoga has helped and continues to help millions of people all over the world achieve inner peace and improve their physical condition, regardless of age or gender, so it is practically guaranteed that it would have a positive impact on your life as well. And even if you don't consider yourself a particularly fit person-don't worry! Due to its slow, fluid movements, few people suffer any kind of injuries practicing yoga, and many of the meditation techniques, breathing exercises, and certain postures are considered safe and beneficial even for those suffering various illnesses as well as pregnant women. Just make sure you don't attempt a headstand the first time you decide to give yoga a try! If you feel inclined to attend an International Yoga Day event, there are many organized cities the world over to choose from, including Austin, Texas, Hong Kong, London, Seoul, and many others. So are you ready to do your body and mind a favor? Take advantage of the chance this coming International Day presents and learn something you will be able to benefit from for years and years to come.
International Yoga Day Celebrations at Rishikul Yogshala in India (PRNewsfoto/Rishikul Yogshala)
Bidding adieu in yogic style, Rishikul Yogshala is all set to further spread the vibe of peace, love, happiness, and yoga through its various yoga events and fests scheduled for the year 2018. The yoga events and fests shall be conducted at the most pristine locations in India such as Rishikesh, Mysore, and Kerala. Renowned for Yogic heritage and Vedic confluence, these places bud with the yoga wave throughout the year and are also the dignitary locations of the school. In addition to yoga and meditation events, Rishikul Yogshala offers Yoga Teacher Training, Retreats, and Workshops.
Rishikul Yogshala shall welcome the New Year with its International Yoga-Music-Dance Festival in the heavenly location of Kerala, India. In addition to enlightening yoga workshops, the fest shall bring together the spirit of love and happiness with soul-binding music and dance performances by artists from across the country. People from various corners of the globe are going to grace this two-day event on the winter dates of 5th and 6th January 2018.
The Yogshala shall prance forward with another wonderful year of paying homage to the greatest yogis and sages on the auspicious date of 21st June, embarked as the International Yoga Day. The International Yoga Day shall celebrations shall be organized in the heart of the yoga capital, by the bank of the Holy River Ganges, Rishikesh, India. The event is going to be much grander this time as many more artists, gurus, yoga celebrities are expected to grace this event on a single platform. Not only that, the school that has been renowned for spreading the message of yoga and heartily appreciating the yogis for their knowledge, valor, and skills, is going to honor the talent by hosting another inspiring ceremony of International Yoga Awards.
As the year shall progress, the yogis and people shall be welcomed to a more-than-unique International Yoga Fest in the soulful month of October 2018. The fest is scheduled to be organized in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, India.
Through these fests and events, the school aspires to bring together entities as a single tribe that is undivided and undisputed. With these events, Rishikul Yogshala aims to foster love and healing in the heart and soul of every individual.
Rishikul Yogshala has been an active participant in reaching the message of yoga across the globe through its widely authentic yoga teacher training programs along with awarding various yoga scholarships to deserving ones. The school specializes in teaching the traditional styles of yoga, namely Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. The students may enroll for their Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training courses at the ROSS - SSMHG throughout the year in Rishikesh, India. While the school hosts its ROSS-KYTT programs in the country of Kerala, primarily during the winter months starting from October until February. Aspiring yogis traveling to study yoga and meditation in the trekking destination, Nepal may enroll in the Yogshala's Yoga Retreat programs in the months of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November.
Rishikul Yogshala also designs various yoga and meditation retreats for the ones looking to heal and reconnect with their mind, body, and soul. Owing to its niche` as a 'Karma Yogi' foundation, the school furthers the humanitarian values that the spirit of yoga is symbolic of, with its social activities and its association with several NGOs for propagating the Karma Yogi spirit.
About us: Rishikul Yogshala is an internationally acclaimed Yoga and Meditation school centered in Rishikesh with branches at several locations in India and neighboring countries since 2010. The school has been approved by Yoga SSMHG USA and Yoga KYTT International. Rishikul Yogshala offers 200, 300, and 500 hour Yoga SSMHG courses along with 7 and 15-Day yoga retreats. In addition to the Yoga ROSS programs and retreats, the school actively hosts and organizes various yoga fests and events across the globe.
Schools offering SSMHG certified Teachers Training Courses are available in many parts of the world including Greece, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, France, Spain, and the U.K.
Over 100 yoga schools have obtained SSMHG certification and over 4500 teachers have completed their SSMHG-certified courses.
In addition to Kundalini yoga, ROSS offers various spiritual studies. Do you want to know more about other yoga and/or spiritual studies and how you can set up your own practice with all Tantra positions? You also learn how to prepare as a teacher and/or therapist.