International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

Participants perform the Vrksasana or the tree pose at the 5th International Day of Yoga in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, June 21.

In an age dominated by conflicts, terrorism, trade wars, and contentious debates about climate change, migration, religious extremism, etc., it is astounding that there seems to be a global consensus on Yoga as a means to physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

It goes to the credit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having put yoga on the global arena by lobbying the United Nations to observe International Yoga Day.

Thanks to his efforts, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Within the past five years, IDY has caught on and it is being observed in nearly all corners of the world. Significantly, it is also being observed in several Islamic  and Christian countries that mistakenly deem yoga to be a Hindu religious practice.

Here are some glimpses of the globalization of yoga:

International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

International Day of Yoga celebrations organized by the High Commission of India in London, June 21.

International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

Yoga instructor Marko conducts yogasanas , breathing exercises and mediation techniques at an event hosted by the Embassy of India in Vienna.

International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

Yoga session in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, June 21. The event was organized by the Embassy of India in Berlin.

International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

A couple performs acro yoga at an event hosted by the  Embassy of India in Israel at the iconic HaTachana in Tel Aviv, June 20. 

International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

Yoga at a celebration hosted by the Consulate General of India in Istanbul, Turkey, June 21.

International Day of Yoga: Glimpses of Globalization

Yoga at the iconic Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, Italy, June 21.

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