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International Yoga Day Gets Major Support from EU, Over 130 Countries

in World News, YD News

Prim Minister Modi lotusing it up.

 Things are looking good for International Yoga Day becoming a real global holiday pretty soon. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeing a swarm of support from the European Union (EU) as well as over 130 countries, including the US, Canada and China, who have signed up for a co-sponsorship of the global holiday.

“EU supports your initiative for a Yoga Day,” the EU President Herman Von Rompuy told Prime Minister Modi during the G20 Summit. A draft resolution called the  ‘L Document’, which outlines the holiday was presented to the UN General Assembly, will be up for adoption December 10.

When will International Yoga Day occur? June 21 is the proposed date, which appropriately coincides with global events that already happen around that time of year in celebration of the summer solstice.

While there are no details yet as to how this holiday should be celebrated, or if there’s room for partner stunts, we’re pretty sure there will be some folks in the west pretty fired up about this and already picking out their IYD outfits.

Modi had introduced his idea for International Yoga Day in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly in September where he said that yoga is “India’s gift to the world” and even suggested that it could help fight climate change.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; 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 the nature,” he said in his speech.

They’re really not wasting any time either. India recently announced their new Yoga and Ayurveda Ministry which will oversee and promote alternative health systems native to ancient Indian traditions. In other words, India’s taking back their yoga, bitches.



6 comments… add one

  • Tim

    What benefits you gets from doing Yoga beside waste time sitting?


  • Asananine

    Stewart, I note that you have not provided a source for your initial quote. In keeping with your predilection for Nazi references, here’s one I believe you resemble: Joseph Goebbels.

  • paul

    fyi, mr. s. has been writing against yoga for years from his mra/dominionist/statist worldview mash, yes some of the things he says have insight, but mostly he writes only to kvetch about how awful yoga and women are. fun to see indian politics making it into the mix.

    international yoga day sounds cool; may it be a day of mauna yoga.

  • Stewart, when we only see through the lens of prejudice and anger we only see our own conditioned thinking. I go to the same ashram where Mr. Modi has been a visitor for the last
    few decades an ashram that is based on the human principals of Peace, Love, Right Action, Non-Violence and Truth. Which has at it’s foundation the Vedas which are in fact NOT Hindu but universal. MR. Modi tried in his youth to be ordained a Monk in the Sri Rama Krishna Mission. Sri Rama Krishna is infamous for having realized God through each and every religion. He merged with and saw Jesus, He longed for and experienced the Divine Mother He craved for the blessing of Allah. He was Universal. It’s amazing that someone who in his youth lived like an ascetic can grow into a politician that is here to cleanse the world of other faiths. You are wrong. Sir. The ashram I have spent many years living in is Universal in scope and attracts people from all over the world. I have sat with Iranian women, with Croatians and Serbians that sang spiritual songs in peace amongst themselves even if in their country they were at war. Unity through Diversity we are all One. It is very hard to fathom that a man like Mr. Modi who has been a regular visitor to this holy place would secretly harbor hatred for any other religion. Hinduism is unique in that it does NOT disavow any other faith and the Divine Principal is respected in many forms, Ganesha, Shiva, Krishna…. it is a tolerant religion. It has a universal scope. Yoga is breath. The breath has no religion. In California parents fought the local schools not to have yoga instituted as a program on grounds that it is a religion. The judge ruled after many experts had testified that it is not a religion. It in fact is a science of well being. It teaches Peace. Nothing the world needs today right?

    “Grow up yoginis — this is power politics — not your little fantasy world.” ~ There is a Buddhist saying, we see the world as we are not as it is”. Therefore your statement here says how you see the world and therefore exactly explains how you also see Prime Minister Modi.

  • Asananine

    Stewart, can you please provide a legitimate reference for your inflammatory lead quote?
    The closest I have seen on Google, which bears no resemblance, is the following:
    “Yoga synchronizes the heart, the mind, and the body. That is Yoga” – Narenda Modi from an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN (9/22/14).

  • Prema

    Stewart, I’m an American who visits India frequently and have lived there for extended periods
    of time over the last decade only immersed in my spiritual practice. I’ve lived in an ashram and washed floors and fed the poor. I have no bias. Nor am I on any payroll. Mod was turned down three times in his younger days by the Rama Krishna order, he was trying to become a monk.
    As explained, Rama Krishan order promotes unity of all faiths. These are facts. He was told by the head of the order that his destiny lay elsewhere. We can see whatever we want to see based on our prejudices. The mind creates it’s own reality. You’ve created a view of his leadership based on your own biases even as fact would refute them. Nobody has united and created a stir in India as a nation as much as Modi has. You speak so harshly of him what of his predecessors that have robbed the country blind and done nothing to help the common man. Modi has clearly said his party is of the poor people. What of what is going on in Gujarat? It is the most developed of the states he has done more with solar power than any other state. He has revitalized that economy. Even as the rest of the country lags behind. But in the end this discussion isn’t about Modi. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see where our prejudices lie. The venom with which you speak speaks for itself.

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