Editorials Community News International Day of Yoga at the United Nations to honor India’s ancient tradition of Yoga: June 20th-June 21st, 2017
International Day of Yoga at the United Nations to honor India’s ancient tradition of Yoga: June 20th-June 21st, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY (TIP): More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations in New York City on June 20th-21st, celebrating the ancient tradition of Yoga brought to the West from India.
This historic gathering will be led by
one of India’s most revered and beloved Spiritual Leaders, His Holiness
Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh),
Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), along with
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Director of the International Yoga Festival
at Parmarth Niketan, and Secretary General of GIWA. Both luminaries,
known for their altruism and global interfaith endeavors, have curated
some of today’s leading yoga talent to join them in illuminating the
myriad gifts yoga brings to the world.
This unprecedented spiritual gathering
features most renowned yoga experts including: Jivamukti’s Sharon
Gannon; Off the Mat founder Seane Corn; Kundalini Yoga Master Gur-mukh
Kaur Khalsa; Former All-Pro NFL Player turned Yogi Keith Mitchell , who
will join Kirtan Master Jai Uttal; spoken word artist and social media
phenom Prince; author/scientist well-known for bridging science and
spirituality Dr. Bruce Lipton and famed Indian actor Anupam Kher. They
will be joined by representatives from the World Health Organization
(WHO), as well as, UN delegates, ambassadors and dignitaries from around
Organized by the Indian Mission to the
UN, this FREE event is open to the general public and it’s expected to
gather nearly 2000 people, united in the mission to create a more
peaceful world through the “true” practice of yoga, which extends beyond
the mere physical practice of asanas.
According to Swami Chidanand Saraswati,
“During International Yoga Day, the sun reaches the highest point in the
sky, and people from New York to New Zealand will similarly be reaching
to the sky with Yogic techniques developed by India’s ancient sages to
ease the pains, strains and stresses of daily life. How symbolic then,
that the United Nations will be holding this unifying event on its very
lawn, for all to participate and appreciate. With so much turmoil,
conflict and challenges in our world today, Yoga is the key to a
healthier, happier and more harmonious future.”
Swamiji is the President of Parmarth
Niketan (Rishikesh), one of India’s largest and most well-known
spiritual institutions, based on the banks of the holy River Ganga in
the lap of the Himalayas. Parmarth has welcomed royalty, celebrities and
international dignitaries from Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla to
Macklemore and Uma Thurman and so many other eminent dignitaries,
providing a spiritual haven serving the wellbeing of all.
International Day of Yoga UN Event Highlights include:
Tuesday, June 20th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (North Lawn of the United Nations Headquarters)
This celebration will include yoga
classes, yoga dances, meditation, chanting, as well as, inspiring
messages on the true meaning of yoga:
❂ Dynamic yoga classes with three of America’s most renowned yoga experts: Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa.
❂ Sacred Vedic Chanting and singing with Kirtan artist and Grammy® Nominee Jai Uttal
❂ Meditation to expand our consciousness with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
❂ Spoken Word Poetry by Prince Ea.
❂ Inspiring Message on the meaning of yoga and simple pranayama with Swami Chidanand Saraswati
❂ Unity Pledge & Dedication ceremony honoring the true spirit of Yoga with leading New York Metro area Yoga Teachers.
Wednesday, June 21st from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. (ECOSOC Chamber / United Nations Headquarters.)
An informative panel discussion, followed by audience Q&A on Yoga & Health featuring:
❂ Swami Chidanand Saraswati (President
of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, India and Founder of Global Interfaith
WASH Alliance and Divine Shakti Foundation).
❂ Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati (President of the Divine Shakti Foundation,
Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Director of the
International Yoga Festival).
❂ Dr. Bruce Lipton (scientist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief).
❂ Keith Mitchell (former All-Pro NFL Football Player turned Yogi).
❂ Anupam Kher (famous Bollywood Actor).
❂ Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of WHO Office at the United Nations.
❂ Swami Sivadasananda, Executive Board Member of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
❂ Mr. Stanton Kawer, CEO, Blue Chip Marketing WorldWide.