Updated: Sep 20, 2020
International Yoga Day: A Day For All
When I was a kid I'm pretty sure the only special days (aside from the obvious birthdays and religious-ish holidays) were Mother's and Father's Day, and a jolly good excuse for one parent to kick back and relax and get spoilt rotten. Although, now I'm a parent to two under two, in reality, maybe that means an extra cup of tea!
Then I moved to China and discovered Teacher's Day!
Ten years later, there's a day for everything. And then six years ago, the UN decided we were to have an International Yoga Day! And I say, why not? There really is a day for everything else, why not dedicate a day to promoting the healing power of the ancient tradition of yoga.
I dig it. Yoga. And International Yoga Day. I've been practising yoga for almost 20 years, and pretty internationally. From the foothills of the Himalayas (sounds pretty adventurous I know. Actually, it was!), to schools in China, to the beach in Malaysia and the Jungle shala's of Sri Lanka, yoga really is loved by all. Whatever your culture, your age, your body, your background, your everything, yoga is for all.
And the more international you make your practice, the more you can learn. Actually, I think this goes with anything in life. Drawing on knowledge from around the world can enhance all aspects of life. And I believe, especially bringing the magic of the East into the West.
Embracing The New
Learn to see life through a different lens. When we are able to let go of rigidity around our beliefs, we are able to let in so much more light. Though this isn't something that can happen overnight, or over a year, it is the practice of a lifetime. Shedding old skins and embracing the new. A continuous practice.
We look around at our friends, our family and our neighbours right now, and we see more and more change everywhere. Change is one of the only certainties of life. And this pandemic has really heightened it. I see people moving houses, shifting jobs, creating new relationships or rekindling old ones. Let go, and let it in. The organic shifts of life are intrinsically beautiful and when we let change happen to us, like the caterpillar turning into the butterfly, we are able to connect to the source. It's not always easy, it's not always clear and it can certainly carry it's fair share of pain, but it is always right.
Adopting a regular practice of yoga can help bring us to the present through the union of our body and mind (enter, the definition of yoga!)
Yoga citta vritti nirodha
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 1.2
Patanjali's second sutra says that yoga is the restraint of mental modifications or thoughts. So essentially to learn to stop or slow down our thoughts, through the practice of yoga, really is what it's all about.
So, wherever you are and whatever you're doing, let's join together to celebrate the 5th International Yoga Day on June 21st 2020 and practice a little bit of yoga.
If you are looking for a practice to join, The Frog Project are hosting a Facebook Live event at 9.30am (UK time) on Sunday 21st June and whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned practitioner, we welcome you to join us.
And if you like what you see, join us for regular live and online practices, from our living room to yours. Try us for 15 days totally free of charge and see if we're a good fit!
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.