International Yoga DayJason Firmager
Yoga Comes To Westminster.
January 26th saw the launch of International Yoga Day at the Houses of Parliament.
170 countries have signed up to endorse 21st June 2015 as the first International Yoga Day.
21 June was declared as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 2014. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Yoga Day by 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. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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 us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
The launch organised by Ravi and Sushma Bhanot –Directors of Coolherbals –UK’s No 1 Ayurvedic Health & Beauty company was celebrated in the prescence of Lord Dholakia, Neil MP, Mike Gapes MP, as well as the movers and shakers of the Yoga world. There were speeches ,presentations and sharing about ideas for International Yoga Day.
Ravi Bhanot Director Coolherbals and The Ayurveda Institute of Europe said “Yoga supports us through the power of silence, using oxygen and exercise to connect the mind body and soul. Let us see how we can now use the power of communication and exercise our influence in every way to support yoga.”
Satish Sharma, secretary of National Hindu Council of Temple (UK), said that the vision of Narendra Modhi in getting the UN Resolution to make 21st June as International Yoga Day starts the second wave of revival of Yoga in Britain. There are plans for world wide awareness and planning taking place.
Sushma Bhanot co-Director of Coolherbals added that ” yoga is an integrel part of society and touches each of our lives, through its many paths.”
Lord Dholakia added that “he has a library in his back garden. Meditating and reflecting is crucial. Yoga is a way to reduce the enormous pressures on the NHS. He would support this.”
Lee Scott MP backed Lord Dholakia’s opinion. ” If yoga can help people’s ailments and costs nothing or very little it makes sense to have this in the NHS and in schools.”
Neil Patel, a hip hop yoga instructor from Harrow, described how Doctors had given him a death sentence when he was diagnosed with cancer and how yoga had cured him.
There was general consensus that we need to have more political lobbying and to win political support we need evidence that yoga can help. Dr Katrien Hertog from Prison Smart Project and Sue Hindle from IAHV, both from Art of Living gave encouraging reports on how yoga is helping. For example there was 69% improvement in abstinence from drugs and alcohol amongst prisoners and 68% had a reduction in anxiety. This was because yoga affected deep down “into the DNA level and not just superficially.”
Raj Jatengia from the NHSF said they visualize their 4000 Hindu students in universities would participate in doing Flash Mob yoga dance on the 21st June and Rakesh Shah from ISKON would be fully involved in various events on the 21st June too.
Dial Sharma- aged 80 ,Chairman Acton Asian Association and Yoga instructer ,teaches people who are elderly and “if they can do it so can everyone.”
Keith Coomber from Om Yoga and Lifestyle were there to welcome the VIPs. Ravi Bhanot praised the work Om Yoga and Lifestyle are doing to promote Yoga and natural sciences. If you are interested in being involved in International Yoga Day phone 020 85979039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.