Cat Easterbrook

International Yoga Day – beyond the spin

The first ever International Yoga Day is here. Having been on the fringes of society for thousands of years, it’s quite a landmark for yoga, for the holistic health world and for India.

Meditating on the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh, India

Meditating on the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh, India

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body. 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.”

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the UN General Assembly

For anyone new to yoga the idea of it ‘dealing with climate change’ might seem like quite a leap, but change starts with us and increasing the wellbeing of individuals is key. Through individual wellbeing we access clearer thinking, more capacity for caring  and more energy to make better choices.

But not everyone is happy about the arrival of International Yoga Day…

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