International Day of Yoga

On June 21st every year, we will celebrate International Day of Yoga, IDY, all over the world!

Yoga is humanity’s birthright. It is the path to find our union with the whole of creation! We are not alone in this universe; our lives are in an intricate dance with the sun, the moon, and all the other living and non-living beings.

IDY is a reminder to recall that the seeming differences between nations, religions, and traditions are only on the surface. This day is another opportunity to dissolve all these seeming differences, which is the highest goal of yoga practices. People, on this day, practice together to experience the Power of Harmony—union with one’s own body, breath and mind, and also union with all beings in the world. All of these are only to experience our innate potentiality, our highest purpose in life!

The Power of Harmony is Amrita Yoga’s theme for IDY-International Day of Yoga.

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On the First International Day of Yoga, our beloved Amma,
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
was in Santa Fe and addressed her children,

“Today is International Day of Yoga. Previously, people did not need to have a special day for performing yoga because it was part and parcel of their lives. Unfortunately, now we need a special day to remind us to perform yoga, just as we need a day to remember our mother and father.”

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Amma asked everyone to celebrate IDY by practicing a few simple asanas, and she gave a satsanga about the benefits of practicing surya namaskarah.

As the earth makes its yearly journey around the sun, the cycles of life reach their apex when the sun is at its peak height around June 21st. Since ancient times, people all over this beautiful earth have known this as an auspicious day to honour the sun. The sun was rightfully worshipped for its life-sustaining influence. In Yoga, the Sun, or Lord Surya, represents the Universal Supreme Consciousness that illuminates everything.

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Amma is a living example of the path of yoga on Earth today. She is tirelessly committed to improving the lives of people on our planet. She embraces all people, making no distinctions between people and their beliefs. Amma also upholds the ancient traditions of living in harmony with nature and with each other.

The harmony between oneself and nature is a constant focus of Amrita Yoga. When body, breath, mind, intellect and soul resonate in harmony through yoga practices, then the individual consciousness unites with the Universal Consciousness, the individual ego and mind dissolve to radiate the radiance of the Supreme Consciousness.

Amma’s Address to the First ‪International Day of Yoga (IDY)

The 3rd International Day of Yoga

The Power of Harmony; #IDY2017

OUR REACH: Mata Amritanandamayi Math ​​#Yoga4Harmony​ #IDY2016

The Power of Harmony: Celebrating IDY2016

Amrita Yoga of Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Amritapuri, Kerala, India was appointed in 2015 by the Indian Ministry of AYUSH and the MDNIY to help coordinate promotion, propagation, and execution of all IDY activities in India and all over the world.

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This means that any organization wanting to celebrate the International Day of Yoga could approach Mata Amritanandamayi Math and Amrita Yoga for support to celebrate.