Why International Yoga Day Matters

In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru writes about the potential impact of International Yoga Day, and how Isha will be involved in this monumental event. “We want to offer simple yoga to the world that every human being can do…We are looking at about one hundred locations where large-scale yoga programs will happen from morning until evening.” Enjoy!
 
 
 
 

The effort to bring the spiritual process to the world, and particularly to those individuals who have a big influence upon the rest of the world, has been on for a long time. Ashtavakra enlightened Janaka around eight thousand years ago. Krishna’s whole life’s mission was to marry the spiritual process and the political process. Krishna not only worked with kings, he also established over a thousand ashrams across the northern plains of India.

Yoga essentially means that in search of wellbeing, you don’t look up. Because if you look up, you will hallucinate, you will start imagining things which are not in your experience. And above all, you do not know which is up and which is down. In the last hundred and fifty years, most of humanity looked up, and a small segment looked out – gathering wealth and building palaces. But today, a large part of humanity is looking out instead of up. If we look out for human wellbeing, we will destroy the very basis of our existence, which is what we are doing. We have different names for this – ecological problems, global warming, climate change – but human beings are just looking out in pursuit of wellbeing. That is all it is. The only ultimate solution, and the only way human beings will truly know wellbeing, is by turning inward. This is what yoga means. Not up, not out, but in. The only way out is in.

International Yoga Day means the whole world should do some type of yoga.

For some time, we have been working with political, economic and academic leaders because they have a certain amount of influence over the wellbeing and lives of others. About eleven years ago, in our Wholeness Program, somebody said, “Sadhguru, all this is great but what about the country? What about the nation?” So I said, “We have a list of two thousand people who can make a difference for this country. You get me these two thousand people, you will see that a wonderful change will happen.” During these years, I think we have touched around forty percent of these two thousand people. They are making a quiet change.

And now, a situation has come where the leaders of nations are speaking about yoga. Not just in India, but in the highest international body – the United Nations. Two minutes of our Prime Minister’s speech at the UN was about yoga. Seven minutes of his interaction with the President of the United States was about yoga. This has never happened before. One hundred and seventy-five out of one hundred and ninety-three countries pitched behind the resolution to be passed for International Yoga Day on June 21.

We definitely want to do something for International Yoga Day that will make a big impact on the planet. We want to offer simple yoga to the world that every human being can do. Something that gets people in tune immediately and brings a certain harmony to the system. From there, we can offer more and more elaborate forms of yoga. We are looking at about one hundred locations where large-scale yoga programs will happen from morning until evening. You can volunteer at these locations or you can do your own thing somewhere else. And if do your own thing, we will equip you with a simple video. You can at least make sure ten different people learn some form of simple yoga on that day – after one, five or seven minutes of yoga, a subtle transformative process will begin.

International Yoga Day means the whole world should do some type of yoga. Let us make it happen!

Love & Blessings

For more information about how to take part in International Yoga Day, please email: yogaday@ishafoundation.org

 

 
 
 
 
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4 years 1 month ago

Contact your local centre's co-ordinator. International Day of Yoga is coming and plans are under way.

4 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru this time being in familiy , that too being women will go with Lord agasthya muni work "shiva shambho shambho"

4 years 1 month ago

Wherever you may be, possibilities exist. Contact your local centre's co-ordinator for more details. International Day of Yoga is coming and plans are under way.

4 years 4 months ago

When a day comes... when a tear drop does not fall on your lotus feet.... let that be my last day my Guru....

4 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru, we are ready to organise something in Sydney ! eagerly awaiting your instructions on what we can do here

4 years 4 months ago

"If we can make just 1% of the population meditative, this world will be a different place. " - Sadhguru, I am really excited to see and I feel really really really very blessed really that too sadhguru being around don't know how many life times blessing it would have been, it's ok I am drop of ocean but still ooooooo, I definitely know the power of being in that moment, shambho make it happen please bless us all, shiva shiva shambho

4 years 4 months ago

the news is out,let the ripples become a great wave! Shiva Shambho

4 years 4 months ago

Sadhguru if you put that "simple video" mentioned above in your website or youtube, many many people like me can participate from home. Thank you.

4 years 4 months ago

Wish to be with you in every way in this mega life-enhancing effort. Guide us in taking Adi Yogi's work worldwide. Let every life know Him and His Yoga - The Ultimate Oneness.

4 years 1 month ago

The remaining countries who didnt approve of international yoga day are from middle east ?! just a doubt

4 years 1 month ago

Contact your local centre's co-ordinator for more information. International Day of Yoga is coming and plans are under way.