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Friday, 24 July 2015

International Day of Yoga 2015, June 21

Día Internacional del Yoga, 21 de junio.
Международный день йоги, 21 июня.
International Day of Yoga, June 21.
Journée internationale du Yoga, 21 juin. 
国际瑜伽日, 6月21日.
 حزيران/يونيه21 -اليوم الدولي لليوغا

Theme 2015 :  Yoga for Harmony and Peace.

United Nations Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Yoga 2015 

During a visit to India this year, I had the opportunity to practice yoga with one of my senior advisors. Although he happened to be a son of the country, I might equally have done the same with many other colleagues from different parts of the world. Yoga is an ancient discipline from a traditional setting that has grown in popularity to be enjoyed by practitioners in every region. By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.
Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive means to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It promotes respect for one’s fellow human beings and for the planet we share. And yoga does not discriminate; to varying degrees, all people can practice, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability.
I discovered this for myself on trying to do my first asana, a tree pose suited to beginners. It took a moment for me to gain my balance but once I did, I appreciated the simple sense of satisfaction that yoga can bring.
On this first-ever International Day of Yoga, let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all.
Ban Ki-moon

ForumInternational Day of Yoga - June 21

Events : Worldwide Celebrations

Celebration at UN Headquarters
Sunday, 21 June (10:00 to 11:30 am) at the UN Visitors Plaza Entrance, sponsored by the Mission of India to the United Nations, the event will include statements by dignitaries and a demonstration of some simple Asanas (yoga poses). Watch the live broadcast.

Solstice in Times Square

Sunday, 21 June (9:00 am to 7:30 pm)
The traditional celebration of the summer solstice in Times Square this year will include a celebration of the International Day of Yoga. For more information visit

Yoga, health & well-being

Monday, 22 June (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm)
Join United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to commemorate the first International Day of Yoga.
Place: UNFPA, 605 Third Avenue, Fifth Floor Conference Room (New York)
Organizer: UNFPA
[For more information click here] [RSPV here]
Contact information: Denise Scotto (

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