Second Annual International Day of Yoga – June 2, 2016

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Second Annual International Day of Yoga – June 2, 2016

June 21 marks the second annual International Day of Yoga as designated by the United Nations.

I encourage you to celebrate by setting aside time to practice on that day, and also committing to your own continuing regular home practice.

Your practice can be short if you don’t already have a regular yoga practice.   I’d suggest the following simple sequence to begin, and add more if you are so inclined:

  • Cross-legged seated pose (Sukhasana)
  • Stretch arms (Baddhanguliasana)
  • Your choice of seated twists
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  • Triangle Pose (Utthita trikonasana)
  • Your choice of inversion(s)
  • Savasana

You may also look at this International Day of Yoga sequence recommended last year by Geeta Iyengar.

Another suggested sequence is this one which focuses on forward extensions (forward bends), appropriate for beginning and intermediate students.   Modify the poses as needed, as you have been taught.

  • Adho Mukha Virasana
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Uttanasana
  • [If you have a regular practice of inverted poses, add those here.]
  • Paschimottanasana, feet apart
  • Janu Sirsasana
  • Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana
  • Marichyasana I twisting
  • Marichyasana I forward bending
  • Paschimottanasana feet together
  • Upavistha Konasana
  • Bharadvajasana I
  • Marichyasana III
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana I
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Supta Baddha Konasana
  • Savasana

This is a good opportunity for you to figure out the English translations to these common yoga poses.   Check out Light on Yoga or another good Iyengar Yoga book.

If you can’t figure out particular translations or have questions about doing certain poses, ask me next time you’re in class (come early).

“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and with nature.”

– Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India