Celebrating the 10th International Day of Yoga with Bharat Yogavidya Kendra

The International Day of Yoga (IDY), celebrated on June 21, underscores the universal significance of yoga in fostering holistic health and well-being. Since its proclamation by the United Nations in 2014, this day has become a global event, attracting millions to participate in yoga sessions, workshops, and online events. Bharat Yogavidya Kendra (BYK) and The Satsang Foundation (TSF) have been at the forefront of these celebrations, organizing various initiatives to promote yoga. From the transformative 21-Day Yoga Journey to live sessions in eight cities, and bringing yoga to diverse communities including old age homes, orphanages, community centers, and prisons.

Sri M’s Message on International Day of Yoga

In his IDY message from Madanapalle&Chowdeppalle, Sri M, highlighted the essence of yoga as defined in the Sadhana Padha: “Tapas, Svadhyaya, and Ishwara Pranidhani, Kriya Yogaha.” He emphasized Patanjali’s definition of yoga, “Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodhah,” which translates to the cessation of the disturbances and distractions of the mind. This mental clarity and focus lay the foundation for the practice of yoga.

Sri M stressed the importance of asanas and the foundational practices of Ashtanga Yoga, starting with yama and niyama. He noted that mastering the eight limbs (ashta angas) of yoga personally is crucial before one can effectively spread the wisdom of yoga for the benefit of society. A key aspect of this process is svadyaya, the study and knowledge of the self. Sri M’s insightful talk can be listened to in full here.

This Year’s Theme: Yoga for Self and Society

When individuals practice yoga, they are on a path of self-discovery. This journey often begins with simple breath awareness and body movements, but it leads to deeper introspection. As people become aware of their thoughts and emotions, they learn to navigate life’s ups and downs with greater ease. This inner calm and resilience make them better equipped to handle stress, contributing to a more balanced outlook on life.

On a societal level, yoga fosters a sense of empathy. When individuals are centered and peaceful, they naturally extend these qualities to their interactions with others. This can lead to more harmonious relationships. Yoga also teaches the importance of being present in the moment. This mindfulness can translate into more thoughtful actions, both personally and socially. For instance, a mindful person may be more inclined to engage in sustainable practices, volunteer in their community, or support social causes, recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings. “Yoga for Self and Society” is about realizing that the benefits of yoga extend beyond the individual. It’s about creating a community where people are more aware, more compassionate, and more connected. This theme encourages us to use our personal yoga practice as a foundation for making positive changes in the world around us.

21-Day Yoga Journey

As part of the IDY 2024 celebrations, BYK  hosted a 21-Day Yoga Journey free of cost. This initiative saw 2000 participants from around the world engage in over 3,000 hours of yoga practice, including asanas, pranayama, meditation, and insightful teachings from Sri M.

This journey significantly enhanced the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of participants, fostering a strong sense of community and connection. The dedication and enthusiasm shown by everyone involved have made this journey a remarkable success.

Practice along with 21 unique classes for body, mind and beyond.

Live Sessions in 8 Cities

To bring the spirit of yoga to communities across India, Bharat Yogavidya Kendra and The Satsang Foundation Kendras organized live yoga sessions in eight cities. These sessions aimed to make yoga accessible to all, including residents of old age homes, orphanages, community centers, and prisons. TSF Volunteers and BYK alumni led these sessions in cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, and Nagpur, among others. This initiative underscores our commitment to promoting well-being and unity through yoga.

Yoga Open Day

The Yoga Open Day held on June 21st was a vibrant and heartwarming culmination of our 21-Day Yoga Journey. It provided a unique opportunity for participants to come together in celebration and reflection. This special event allowed them to meet their dedicated teachers in person, share their transformative stories, and delve deeper into their yoga practice through engaging Q&A sessions. The atmosphere was filled with camaraderie and mutual support as participants exchanged experiences and insights, fostering a strong sense of community. The event not only reinforced the connections formed during the journey but also inspired everyone to continue their yoga path with renewed enthusiasm and deeper understanding.

The 10th International Day of Yoga, celebrated by Bharat Yogavidya Kendra and The Satsang Foundation, has shown the true impact of yoga on our lives. From Sri M’s inspiring messages to the enriching 21-Day Yoga Journey and the lively Yoga Open Day, this year’s events have brought people together and strengthened our community. As we move forward, let’s keep practicing yoga, fostering mindfulness, compassion, and connection in our daily lives. Together, we can create a healthier and more harmonious world through yoga.

About The Satsang Foundation

The Satsang Foundation, founded by Sri M, is a meeting point for spiritual seekers of all persuasions. The Satsang Foundation also extends a helping hand to the less privileged of society.