Each one of them has made a profound difference in my life. For 18 years I have been nurtured by this rich tradition that acknowledges body, mind and soul as a whole. It has helped move me from a place of physical, emotional and spiritual brokenness to contentment, joy and love. So thank you Helen, Swami Nirmalananda, Vidyadevi, Kusuma, Devi, Polly, Kim, Janaki, Rev. Sandy, Carla and so many others. Thank you BKS Iyengar, Swami Muktananda, Swami Nityananda and all the yogis of old.
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi urged the world community to adopt an international Day of Yoga. "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day, "Shri Modi said. June 21 was chosen because it is the Summer Solstice and has special significance in many parts of the world. FMI: http://mea.gov.in/idy.htm