Today the Yoga community in Frankfurt met in several places to celebrate the second international yoga day. I assisted an event held in the plain center in Frankfurt sponsored by the Indian consulate. Even though Germany was playing in the european championship this afternoon, there was a nice crowd of Indians and Yoga interested Germans. The organizers explained in the opening speech the history of the day:
The 21st of June was chosen as it’s the longest day of the year. Indians prime minister Narendra Modi proposed to have an international day of yoga to the assembly of the United Nations the 27th of September of 2014. His rationale was that yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, force and actions, restraints and fulfillment; harmony between men and nature. It’s an holistic approach to live a healthy life. He stated that yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and nature, by changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness. This is what he argued and indeed the assembly approved consensus and declared the 21st of June to be the International Yoga Day.
Practicing asanas and pranayama in the center of town, where normally the weekly market is held, was definitely a nice and unifying experience. Being able to center within oneself in this environment and being sourounded by mindful people was a great experience. We even did the so called ‘common yoga protocol’ – a sequence designed for that day and being practiced today all over the world. Nothing better than ending a working day like that.