Profound International Yoga Day (21 June)-Theme-Significance

Being part of a bigger family such as the ART OF LIVING. I got this opportunity to be part of a Yoga team. With a bunch of people, we conducted two sessions of Yoga with an estimated 300 students. This was an overwhelming experience to celebrate fifth International Yoga Day at Narayana Techno School.

“Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully. Blossoming of human potential to fullness is yoga.”SRI SRI

How International yoga day (21 JUNE)came into existence?

On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came at the behest of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, wherein he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old tradition from India that combines physical, mental and spiritual pursuits to achieve harmony of the body and mind

It embodies the 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 the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature”.

PM Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi. (Image: PTI)

In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga,

Narendra Modi had said: “the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.”

What is yoga?

In Swami Vivekananda “all this bringing of the mind into a higher state of vibration is included in one word in Yoga .”Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.

However, the word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

“Yoga brings the knowledge, passion and action together.” -SRI SRI .

Why do we mark International Days?

International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity.

The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.

What is theme for International Yoga DAY 2019?

2019 Theme is “Yoga for Climate Action”

The theme of 5th International Yoga Day 2019 is “Climate Action”. In the United Nation, it will be celebrated a day before that is on 20 June 2019 with ‘Yoga with Gurus’ and followed by a panel of discussion on 21 June.

Our dedicated team of yoga members from left: Nabonita, Sapna, Saurabh, Me(Namrata), Rajeesha and Prasad. Spreading Our Master message “The purpose of yoga is to stop suffering even before it arises.”

However, Climate Action theme focuses on the way how yoga can help us to solve the problem of climate change and also it brings a lot more benefits to the lives of people.

What is the Meaning of the International Yoga Day logo ?

Meaning of logo . “Yoga is a study of life, study of your body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, and ego; study of your inner faculties.” -SRI SRI

It is necessary to work towards climate change. The sense of respect for mother earth overcomes regular yoga practitioners that will help people to act in a certain way at home and working environment to work and build a better future.

Above all the significance of International Yoga Day

1.Increased muscle strength and tone ,Increased flexibility

2.Improved respiration, energy and vitality

3.Maintaining a balanced metabolism

One significant thing about yoga is it brings uniformity -Here basketball court, a playground is covered with colorful yoga mats and jubilant students.

4.In addition to Weight reduction.Cardio and circulatory health

5.Improved athletic performance

In India, (Ministry of Ayush ) renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for the development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy manages and celebrate International Yoga Day.

Types of Yoga’s

Hatha Yoga-  Hath Yoga encompasses styles which include Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga and aims for the physical wellness of a person. This form of yoga aims to bring about a balance between the positive and negative energies of the body.

Kundalini Yoga-  This form of Yoga is more spiritual in nature and aims to activate the root chakra in the human body, through which increased awareness of the surrounding environment can be created.

Raja Yoga- Raja Yoga is one of the six traditional schools of Hindu philosophy and aims to provide its practitioner with the power of detachment so that he can enjoy everything without getting attached or bound by them.

Karma Yoga- Karma yoga is a form of Yoga which teaches the karma yogi to practice selfless action without aspiring for any kind of material or spiritual gains. The dialogue between Arjun and Sri Krishna in Bhagwad Gita embodies the principle of Karma Yoga.

Bhakti Yoga- The origin of Bhakti Yoga can be traced back to the Upanishads, which is focused on the cultivation of love and devotion towards God. In Bhakti Yoga, the yogi aims to attain spiritual liberation through the attainment of oneness with God.

Over a period of time, this ancient practice of yoga has undergone many changes, to become adaptable to the needs of modern civilization.

In the postmodern era, SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR JI SAYS “The wisdom of Yoga transforms one from arrogance to self-confidence; meekness to humility; from dependence to a realization of interdependence.”


My Heartwarming Experience At The Art of Living -13 May

The best part of being in Bangalore is that I get a constant scintilla of Gurudev Sri Sri RAVI SHANKAR and ambience of Art of living Bangalore ashram.


Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has united people of different races, traditions, economic and social status, and nationalities. This community, spanning 156 countries, has created a one-world spiritual family.

Gurupaduka Vanam: All the major function happened here and this place is filled with thousands of devotees

Gurudev founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being. Appealing not only to a specific population, but these practices have also proven effective globally and at all levels of society.

Gurudev can do any impossible task : Gurudev as a peace ambassador & humanitarian leader

In How Many Countries ART OF LIVING Mark It Presence

The Art of Living programs is currently offered in 155 countries. In 1997, Gurudev co-founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a sister organization of The Art of Living.


What is Theory of change ?

  • Individual empowerment leading to social transformation by giving a tool of Sudarshan Kriya.
  • Community ownership of development initiatives in a spirit of service By initiative such as Bee Keeping.
  • Creation of inspired grassroots leaders to become ambassadors of change by making them Yuvacharya, Agriculture/Permaculture Teacher.
 vishalskhi mandap
What do meditation and spiritual practices do? They bring out the four ‘I’s in you: Innovation, Intuition, Inspiration, and Intelligence.~ Sri Sri

What are the Key differentiators?

  • Holistic and Sustainable Frameworks
  • Effective Capacity Building Programmes
  • Growing Network of Grassroots Leaders
  • Enhanced Community Ownership
  • Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Largest Base of Volunteers with pan India outreach

What are the various Projects done by Art of living

Water Conservation:

To counter the looming water crisis in India, The Art of Living has been reviving rivers and other water resources through its water conservation initiatives. Through these efforts, people are being made aware of water conservation practices and the importance of the judicious use of natural resources like water.

The Art of Living devised a three-pronged approach for its river projects:

1. Comprehensive

Provide local solutions in a scientific manner that mimic natural systems for restoring water.

Myself with senior Art of living Faculty G.RADHAKRISHNAN

2. Sustainable

Solve the immediate needs of giving people access to safe water and also create systems that ensure reliable supplies in the future.

3. Community-driven

Empower local communities through capacity building frameworks.

The head worries and the heart feels. They cannot function at the same time. When your feelings dominate, worry dissolves.

2. Women Empowerment :

The Art of Living’s women empowerment programs equip women from different sections of society with skills and instill inner strength to take on life’s challenges.

The programs continue to empower women with economic independence, education, leadership training, trauma relief, and social empowerment.

We have a multi-dimensional strategy to plan and execute projects that deal with the extremely complex topic of women empowerment issues.

3. Rural Development :

Inspired by the vision of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living has been working relentlessly towards empowering rural communities through programs like the 5H program, Light A Home Project, and Sri Sri Natural Farming.

The Art of Living’s rural development programs seeks to build harmony and boost the emotional, physical and economic well-being in rural and tribal areas.