International Day of Yoga

Happy International Day of Yoga and Summer Solstice!

For International Yoga Day, people around the world are all set to take out their yoga mats and start exercising, but they might not be aware that yoga goes back centuries.
Yoga is considered to be an ancient practice that originated 5,000 years ago in India. Yoga was developed as a way to interconnect the mind, body and soul to step closer into enlightenment. As the practice became popular in the west, it became popularized as an exercise and relaxation method, with claims to help the body’s general well-being, alleviate physical injuries and chronic pain.

The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly, where a resolution to establish June 21 as International Yoga Day was introduced by India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji.

The date of June 21 was chosen as it is the Summer Solstice, the day where there is the most sun out of every other day of the year.

You can join Yoga with Cheryl at the Decatur Rec Center, Tuesdays for Slow Flow Yoga and Thursdays for Deep Stretch Yoga. Both classes start at 10 a.m., sign up for the month or just drop in when you can! Sign up through CommunityPass or stop by the front desk at DRC.

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