International Day of Yoga - 21st June

22 June, 2019 - 07:30

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga; The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There's some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

Why not get in touch with your local leisure centre and see what yoga classes are on near you? You may even want to organise your own and get some colleagues involved!