Right at the heart of the city, the city popularly known as the silicon valley of India, is perched this green piece of lawn…

Hotel Royal Orchid - Bangalore International Yoga Day

This is within the premises of the 5-star Hotel Royal Orchid, a hotel with a classic/rustic look, situated on the old Airport road.  And it is awesome!

It was at seven in the morning, there were a bunch of people who were up early, and took to the lawn.

They were there for a very specific reason – to make this world a better place…  How?

By practicing Yoga with us that morning.

International Yoga Day Amar Sumedha - Hotel Royal Orchids

They were a part of the greater good of promoting Yoga, and Yoga of course, is the symbol of great health – for the mind, the body, and the spirit.

Yoga is transforming lives for people around the world.  The sheer amount of people who are embracing yoga as a part of their lives speaks volumes for itself.

International Yoga Day - Sumedha Amar - Hotel Royal Orchid Bangalore

Thanks to everyone who participated on this auspicious day.  We really appreciate your presence and participation.

More on the participants in a little bit.

Let’s quickly look at the origins of Yoga…

Origins of Yoga

 

Indian mythology says the knowledge of Yoga was imparted by Lord Shiva, the Hindu God to Goddess Parvati which was then shared for the well-being of the human-kind.

The word Yoga appears in one of the oldest sacred texts in India – the Rig Veda and based on that, experts speculate that Yoga came into existence at least 5000 years ago.

That was a long time ago…but what is its significance?

Significance of Yoga

The practice of Yoga has been there for ages.  It was mentioned both in Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

But, that doesn’t mean that Yoga is only for a specific religion or sect.  It is for the well-being of all of human-kind.

The practice of Yoga has been preserved by Indians for ages.  That’s the significance.

Millions of people around the world have accepted and believe that Yoga has brought them better health, and a better life, overall.

Interestingly the word Yoga means “to Unite” – uniting the key aspects of life – mind, body and spirit.

Significance of the Yoga Day

21st June is a special day…

It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is a special day in many parts of the world.

Keeping such a special day in mind, on 27th September 2014, our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi suggested June 21 as the Yoga Day to the United Nations General Assembly.

So, while June 21, 2015 marked the inception of the International Yoga day, it all began about 9 months before that.

Thanks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for unanimously declaring 21 June as the International Yoga Day.

Here’s what our PM stated in his speech to UNGA:

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 the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.

— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

We were at Hotel Royal Orchid celebrating the fourth year of International Yoga Day and we loved every moment of it.

Also to grace the occasion was a celebrity and a good friend, Latha Krishna…

Thank you Latha

 

Popular playback singer Latha Krishna joined us on this special occasion.

Her beautiful voice adorned the campus and the participants chanted along.

A very special thanks to you for being there.  We wish you great success.

Special thanks to Everyone who Participated

People, young and young at heart, from all over India, people from England and even Mexico participated in this International Yoga Day Workshop.

They arrived on time, took their positions and we got started in quick time.

Whether following the instructions, practicing Yoga, or chanting together, you made this event possible.

We appreciate your positivity and look forward to meet you all in many more Yoga sessions and workshops.

Thank you dear participants.  You made the International Yoga Day even more beautiful.

So, what did we actually practice?

The session started a little after 7 am.  Less than a two-minute intro of ourselves followed by the benefits of practicing Yoga.

Latha sang songs to help spread positivity and calm and then began our Yoga practice.

We started with a number of basic Asanas, followed by a couple intermediate ones.

The session continued till about 8:15 am.

We also demonstrated AcroYoga for the participants.  AcroYoga is a combination of Acrobatics and Yoga.  It’s a unique style, more and more people are embracing this style of Yoga for greater flexibility and agility.

We concluded the workshop with couple more devotional songs, followed by the participants sharing their views on the session.

Participants learnt and enjoyed the session

Thanks participants for sharing your feedback.  Your inputs will helps us conduct even better sessions for you, moving forward.

The amount of positivity that you spread during and after the session is much appreciated.

We wish you great health, peace of mind and loads of love!

Oh, there was a quick photo session as well

Overall a great Yoga workshop session.  All the participants gathered for a beautiful picture… We celebrated the International Yoga Day smiling together.

Peace!