With the urging of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, the United Nations has designated June 21 to be observed around the world as International Yoga Day. June 21 is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the start of winter in the southern hemisphere. On this day, we honor Surya, the sun. We are reminded about our planet’s balance in orbit around the sun and how life became possible here. We are also mindful about how Yoga is an essential cultural contribution from India, now expanding worldwide to influence all humanity and all cultures. It is vital as well as respectful to celebrate this Indian contribution by keeping its roots grounded in Indian traditions. That is why we at Anuttara Yoga, continue to practice and teach with a heavy emphasis on Sanskrit, Sanatana Dharma, Nyasas and Mudras, Bandhas and Pujas and of course various Mantras. There is so much more to Yoga than mere posing and posturing. It is an ancient Indian Science that has come into its own so perfectly in our modern world.
While Yoga is not a religion, it is a Spiritual Science that seeks to unite the body-mind with spirit. This spirit is in essence, Consciousness. It is Consciousness that expanded out as the Brahman into space and time. Energy, Light, Thermodynamics, Gravity, all these basics of science are carefully described in the Yoga tradition, the Holy Science.
Happy Summer Solstice