22nd June, New York: The second International Day of Yoga was commemorated on June 21 and this year’s focus was on the theme of Yoga for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sadhguru spoke at and led a yoga session at the UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate the occasion, with two events organized over June 20 and 21, 2016.
Sadhguru led the yoga session on the International Day of Yoga in the premises of the UN World Body headquarters. He led the assembled UN dignitaries and other participants through a simple process of Upa-yoga while emphasizing the need for committed atmospheres when engaging with and transmitting deeper forms of classical yoga.
The celebration of the 2016 International Day of Yoga was held on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 1.15 pm at the United Nations Secretariat Circle, New York. The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in association with the Department of Public Information, United Nations. The event witnessed a huge and diverse turnout with participants from 135 nationalities. This, Syed Akbaruddin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said was testament to the unifying nature of yoga in his welcome note.
The President of General Assembly, Mr. Morgens Lykketoft was the Chief Guest at the event. Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, Ms. Cristina Gallach also addressed the event delivering the message from the General Secretary.
Building on last year’s success, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations organised a special event on ‘Conversation with Yoga Masters - Yoga for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
In a conversation with Sadhguru, was author, civil and environmental rights advocate, Max Kennedy. This special event sought to enrich our collective understanding of the unique features of Yoga and its central place for the achievement of SDGs. It was held in the ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters in New York on June 20, 2016 at 3 PM. Senior UN officials as well as Ambassadors and dignitaries from all other countries were present. The session started with a welcome note by Syed Akbaruddin.
Calling Yoga a global phenomenon, Sadhguru said, “It’s truly revolutionary for United Nations to take up Yoga as a way of bringing transformation in the world because without transforming individual human beings there is no way to transform the world. This effort to take Yoga to every human being on the planet is about fulfilling the human longing for health, well-being and pursuit of fulfillment through logically correct and scientifically verifiable system.”
Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and widen our perception of life: