International Day of Yoga,Adelaide 2017
The June Solstice is special as the International Day of Yoga.
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi addressed the UN and proposed this date to celebrate together the manifold benefits of Yoga for body, mind, and soul. On 11th December 2014, United Nations declared 21st June as International Day of Yoga.
The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21st June 2015.
Event 1-Yoga Day Festival at Wellington Square,North Adelaide
This Year celebration started on 18th June itself,Australian school of Meditation and Yoga organised a Yoga Day Festival,where around 300 people prticipated and practiced Yoga together.We danced,laughed and enjoyed this afternoon a lot.I was the facilitator of ”Yoga Dance”,I hope everyone liked it. 🙂
Event 2-at Adeliade Oval
On 21st June,it was celebrated i a really special way, 12 Yoga practitioners welcomed the sun with Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) on the Roof of the Adelaide Oval!!
The Hindu Council of Australia collaborated with Commonwealth Bank Roof Climb in hosting the very first Yoga day celebration 2017 event in Australia.
We all reached Adelaide Oval at 6.00am, atmospheric temperature was 8 degrees and we were thinking that it is going to be a tough experience for us. But we were ready with the zeal of witnessing something incredible.
Roof climb team equipped us and at 7 am I took charge of the group as a Yoga Teacher. It took us 15 minutes to reach the rooftop, which was a good warm up for us to perform Yoga asanas. After 20 minutes of practice Sun rose at 7.35am, we beheld the first rays of the Sun and admired mother nature’s magnificence.
We watched in wonder as the sun rose over Adelaide and the city was bathed in a magical glow of the sun’s rays, with a view stretching out to the Adelaide Hills on one side and the coast on the other.
We meditated on this stunning view for five minutes, performed Surya Namaskara and prayed to the Sun God to enlighten the world with peace and harmony.
Climbers then got down safely under the excellent supervision of Commonwealth Bank Roofclimb management. All the participants agreed that their experience was out of this world. Performing Yoga and Meditation while looking at the beautiful sunrise was mesmerizing.
We finished our practice with a peace mantra, our teammate Mr. Snehal Thakar led the prayer.
Channel 9 News Adelaide telecasted the event on the same day at a 6 pm news,it was also mentioned by a news Channel in Punjab India. Soon it became a sensational news around Australia and India.
Event -3 at Ganesha Temple Adelaide
The celebration continued in the evening. Hindu Council of Australia arranged a free community Yoga and Meditation session at the Ganesha Temple at 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Yoga is an ancient science and coming from the temples of India, celebrating International Day of Yoga in temple premises made the celebration more exciting.
Different Schools of Yoga and experienced teachers shared their philosophy and teachings.Ms. Tina Shettigara – Director Yoga Spirit, Ms. Monique – Director Synergy Yoga , Ms. Sunila Vig, Mr. Rajendra Pandey and Ms. Gangadhara were our speakers.
Ms. Tina Shettigara – Director Yoga Spirit, Ms. Monique – Director Synergy Yoga , Ms. Sunila Vig, Mr. Rajendra Pandey and Ms. Gangadhara were our speakers.
We got lucky enough to have Mr. B. Vanlalvawna- Consul General of India to celebrate IDY with us.
Being the host of the program, I realized that the energy of approximately 50 people in the hall was remarkable. The Hindu Society, which is the executive of the Ganesha temple was very helpful and supported us to run the program smoothly.
After the session, everyone took blessings from the deities of the temple. The program concluded with Prasad distribution.
I concluded the event with-
‘’Yoga’’ is the only way for holistic health and complete well-being. Our mental, emotional and spiritual health is as important as our physical health.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” — The Bhagavad Gita