International day of yoga 21 June 2015
Last year on a proposal from Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi, United Nations had declared 21st June, my son’s birthday :-) as International Yoga Day, the reason for proposing the day was due to the fact it’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and significance in many parts of the world. As preparation for the event happening tomorrow for International day of yoga this year, my yoga teacher Sri Gautham Chand has been training us for the last few classes on the Common Yoga Protocol published by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. Of India. The routine recommended in the booklet by AYUSH is meant to be approachable to everyone, easy to follow for even beginners of Yoga. the duration is about 36 minutes. To keep it simple, asanas like Surya Namaskar, Sirasasana & Sarvangasana have been kept out of the routine. Seen below are yours truly performing a few of the asanas to the best of his ability!
Tomorrow (21st June) about 45,000 students in Rajpath Delhi and several million around the country are expected to be performing the routine at 7 AM, if you are interested you can follow the instructions from the step by step guide here, the four videos playlist for demonstrations and five videos from Thiruvanandapuram center practice.
Update: Tamil The Hindu Newspaper on 22nd June 2015 carried the below photograph of the International Yoga day session conducted by my Yoga teacher Sri Gautham Chand on 21st June 2015 at Cosmopolitan Club, Chennai. I am happy to have participated in the session.