International Day of Yoga Celebrations 2017 in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Perth


Date and Time: Sun. 18 June 2017

Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm AWST

Venue:  The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands, WA 6051

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Date : Mon. 26 June 2017

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

Venue: Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

Organised by : Art of Living

Contact Info: Runjhun: 013 4610

Mital: 0410 805 143



Date: Sun, June 25, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM AEST

Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

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This event is organised by Consulate General of India. The event will include a Formal Session, Yogasanas, Meditation and Screening of a film.

There will be separate yoga session for children of age group of 07-15 years. It is a free event but registration is compulsory. Last date of registration is Friday 16th June 2017.

Please bring Yoga Mat, Warm Jacket or Small Blanket



Date: Wed. 21 June 2017

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm AEST

Venue: Civic Square (ACT Assembly Main Entrance), 196 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT 2601

This event in front of ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra Civic. Incase of bad weather, the event will be in the Reception Hall of ACT Legislative Assembly. Light Lunch is provided after the session.

Please RSVP for catering purposes before 18’th June 2017.

Contact Info:

Krishna: 0499 199 910


About International Yoga Day

International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on 21 June since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 2014.

21st June was suggested by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as it is the longest day of the year in Northern Hemisphere. From the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after summer solstice is known as Guru Poornima.

Lord Shiva, has many manifestations and he is considered as the first Yogi. Lord Shiva is believed to have imparted the knowledge of Yoga to humankind on this day.

Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

The first Yoga day was observed on 21 June 2015.

Yoga in a nutshell

What is Yoga?

In Sanskrit language, the word yoga comes from the root ‘yuj’ which means “to add” or “to join”. Yoga is a practise that unify the physical, mental and spiritual activities of a person to ensure both physical and mental health.

Two main types of Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga  – Yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali refers to Ashtanga yoga

shtanga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga,” . and it has eight spiritual practises to attain Yogi state.

Yama [moral codes]

Niyama [self-purification and study]

Asana [posture]

Pranayama [breath control]

Pratyahara [sense control]

Dharana [concentration]

Dhyana [meditation]

Samadhi [absorption into the Universal]

Hatha Yoga

The word haṭha literally means “force” in Sanskrit Language. The term “Hatha yoga” connotes a system of supplementary physical techniques within the broader concept of Yoga. This yoga focuses on physical and mental strength building exercises and postures described primarily in these three texts.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Svātmārāma (15th century)

Shiva Samhita, author unknown (1500[56] or late 17th century)

Gheranda Samhita by Gheranda (late 17th century)

Other types of Yoga

Many other Yoga categories have emerged based on the marketing potential to specific group of people. They are

Anusara Yoga

Bikram Yoga

Hot Yoga

Iyengar Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga

A Must watch video on International Yoga Day

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