For plenty of people, every day is Yoga Day. But since 2015, on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the world has celebrated both the Summer Solstice and yoga. So, in anticipation, check out these 11 quotes to share on Instagram for International Yoga Day on Jun. 21, because light and love can be shared in all kinds of ways — even through social media.
In 2015, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Nodi, suggested that Jun. 21, the summer solstice, would be the perfect date upon which to celebrate International Yoga Day, an annual holiday recognized by the United Nations General Assembly. The goal of the day? To raise awareness of yoga's many benefits, both physical and spiritual.
2017's theme is Yoga for Health, which embodies "the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body," according to the UN's Yoga Day web page. "The organizers believe that this approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind's quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature."
You guys, that's such a kind, compassionate sentiment! I don't even really do yoga, but now I feel like I should because it makes the universe a more harmonious place. While I go try to learn how to be zen, check out these quotes below:
"The practice of yoga itself transforms. Yoga has a magical quality." — Ravi Ravindra
"Self-care is how you take your power back." — Lalah Delia
"The true yogi is one who is like a lion with himself, always striving to eradicate that which shadows his inner light, and like a lamb with others, always striving to see their inner light, no matter how dense may be the clouds that hide it." — Prem Prakash
"Yes, silence is painful, but if you endure it, you will hear the cadence of the entire universe." — Kamand Kojouri
"When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga." — Petri Räisänen
"As I explore the wilderness of my own body, I see that I am made of blood and bones, sunlight and water, pesticide residues and redwood humus, the fears and dreams of generations of ancestors, particles of exploded stars." — Anne Cushman
"Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony." — Debasish Mridha
"Yoga is a method to come to a nondreaming mind. Yoga is the science to be in the here and now." — Osho
"Breath with awareness is prana. Breath without awareness is just air." — Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
"Misery, like yoga, is not a competitive sport." — Matt Haig
"Breath is your link to life; the direct connection to your spirit." — Dashama Konah Gordon