3 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day
This is the fourth year that 21 June marks International Yoga Day across the world. Here's 3 easy ways you can join in the celebrations:
1. Feel part of the world yoga community. There's loads of events and images of Yoga Day to look at. Here's a BBC News video of what's happening at Stonehenge today in preparation. Over 84 nations across the world join in and a world record was set in New Delhi at the first Yoga Day with 35,985 people in the same class!
2. Do some yoga! Maybe at home you could do a quick 10 minutes on your mat, come to a class or try my new Instagram/Facebook Challenge #splitthedifference. Or, if you've always wanted to have a go but not ready for a group class yet, try my Absolute Beginners special offer - a private 1-2-1 with me for £25.
3. Find your own inner peace. This year's theme is 'Yoga for Peace'. Rather than anything fancy you might consider giving yourself three minutes to find some inner peace yourself. Sit down comfortably but with a straight spine and begin to breathe through the nose. Counting in for three and out for three. After a few breaths begin to extend the exhale, say in for three, out for the count of six. This will calm your nervous system down and you'll feel more relaxed and calm.
India's Prime Minister (who started Yoga Day) said in 2014,
"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."