International Yoga Day At the United Nations

More than 1,000 people participated in the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations in New York City on June 20th-21st, celebrating the ancient tradition of Yoga brought to the West from India. This historic gathering was led by one of India’s most revered and beloved Spiritual Leaders, His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji – Muniji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), along with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Director of the International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan, and Secretary General of GIWA. Both luminaries, known for their altruism and global interfaith endeavors, have curated some of today’s leading yoga talent to join them in illuminating the myriad gifts yoga brings to the world.

A beautiful commemorative Yoga Day stamp was released on the occasion with H.E. Peter Thomson, Hon’ble Mr Syed Akbaruddin, Pujya Swamiji, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, joined by yoga teachers and experts. A beautiful plant was given to the hon’ble diplomats as a symbol of allowing the roots and essence of Yoga keep our lives grounded and centered, allowing our lives to bring health and well being to all.

This unprecedented spiritual gathering featured today’s most renowned yoga experts including: Jivamukti’s Sharon Gannon; Off the Mat founder Seane Corn who will join Kirtan Master Jai Uttal; spoken word artist and social media phenom Prince Ea.

Organized by the India at UN (Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York), this FREE event is open to the general public, united in the mission to create a more peaceful world through the “true” practice of yoga, which extends beyond the mere physical practice of asanas to every moment and every minute of our lives.

A very special pledge and water blessing ceremony also took place, bringing together all of the Yoga Masters, teachers and experts to encourage and inspire yoga practitioners and enthusiasts from every corner of the world to lead greener, healthier and more harmonious lives.

Video of the Yoga Session with Yoga Masters – International Day of Yoga 2017 broadcasted LIVE by the UN:

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