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Celebration of 5th International Yoga Day

The 5th International Yoga Day is being celebrated across the world today (June 21).

Yoga enthusiasts and groups will gather together in Hamilton on Sunday, 23rd at the Western Community Centre where the local community has been invited to an “evening of Positivity, Wellness and Mindfulness.”

International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world, including New Zealand, and continues to grow in popularity.

According to Yoga NZ chair, Heather Robinson “Yoga is practised by more than 400,000 Kiwis at more than 500 yoga studios and classes around New Zealand, making it one of the fastest growing physical activities in the country.”

International Yoga Day in Hamilton
Hamilton event programme

This year again, thousands of Kiwis are expected to join in the celebrations in different towns across the country.

Last year, for the first time in New Zealand, Yoga practitioners struck a sequence of yoga poses on top of Auckland Harbour Bridge.