'One World, One Health'
Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2023
With International Day of Yoga 2023 almost upon us it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate the profound impact yoga has on our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
For 2023, the theme is 'One World, One Health,' resonating with the ancient Indian principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which promotes the interconnectedness of all living beings. This year’s theme carries immense relevance in today’s global context. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the interconnectedness of human health, animal well-being, and the environment. It has underscored the fact that our actions have far-reaching consequences and that the health of one individual or community directly impacts the health of others.
This theme encourages us to recognize that we are part of a larger global family, where the well-being of every individual and every living being matters. It urges us to embrace a holistic approach to health, encompassing physical, mental, and environmental well-being. By adopting practices that promote balance and harmony, like Yoga, we can enhance our own health while contributing to the well-being of the entire planet.
The principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” encapsulates the essence of the “One World, One Health” theme. Derived from ancient Indian scriptures, it translates to “the world is one family.” This profound concept recognizes the interdependence of all living beings and the need for compassion and unity. It teaches us to embrace diversity, respect all life forms, and work together for the betterment of humanity and the planet.
May this year’s International Day of Yoga inspire us to embody the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” in our daily lives and foster a sense of responsibility towards our global family and the environment.
To mark this celebration and to continue to raise awareness of the healing power of yoga, Love Yoga London will be running additional yoga classes on Wednesday 21st June detailed below. We hope you can join us on the mat!
Wednesday 21st June – Yoga Timetable
6am – 7am – A Summer Solstice Yoga Practice
It’s no coincidence that International Day of Yoga falls on the same day as the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun therefore is the inspiration for this practice.
Typically in yoga the summer solstice is celebrated with the practice of 108 rounds of sun salutations. The number 108 being a renowned and sacred number in many traditions. With plenty of ‘salutes to the sun’ (but fear not we will not be doing 108!), this 1 hour practice will be an energising, uplifting and strong practice. A great way to wake up!
9:15am – 10:15am – Morning Hatha Yoga
Our usual morning,1 hour, Hatha yoga class will be running. This will gently energise and uplift, setting you up for the day!
7pm – 8:30pm – Therapeutic Yoga for Promoting better Sleep
‘International Day of Yoga’ is an opportunity to embrace the healing benefits that yoga can bring to our mental and physical health. This class will focus upon the fundamental foundation for all aspects of our health……SLEEP!
The way we sleep affects our metabolism, immunity, memory, learning, creativity, nutrition, mood, emotion, motor skills, and overall physiological function throughout life. When the body is sleeping it is rebuilding and restoring its tissues and optimizing its interrelated physiological systems – cognitive, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.
If we reflect upon a poor night’s sleep, we can appreciate its effect on basic functions such as clear thinking, decision making, steady mood, stamina and coordination the next day, on a longer term basis, it can deeply affect our wellbeing and make us more susceptible to disease. Unfortunately for increasing numbers of people, sleep has become elusive or problematic.
This 1 hour and 30 minute class will examine how to reclaim healthy sleep and exercise good sleep hygiene. Yoga breathing & mindfulness techniques will encourage the ‘relaxation response’ and calm a busy mind.
Detailed Handouts will be sent beforehand.