International Yoga Day 2016 at Arizona


“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”

Phoenix, AZ: The Consul General of India, Indo American Foundation of Arizona and Hindu SwayamSevak Sangh (HSS)  working together with sister organizations organized IDYAZ 2016 event to mark the 2nd International Day of Yoga at  IACRF Hall, 2809, W Maryland Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017 on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 from 9:00am-2:00pm.

The event had overwhelming response with more than 340 adult registrations and 110 Kids registrations and was organized in 3 big event Halls. More than 260 adults and more than 100 kids enthusiastically attended and participated in this, probably the largest yoga event organized in Arizona.

The event was lead by a team of well experienced certified Yoga Teachers ( Anita Rangaswami, Vijay Kumar, Anila A, Shampa Sudhakar and a Kids Yoga specialist Shobana Bhat, Isha Foundation ).

People from all corners of Arizona, in celebration of a movement toward inner and outer peace, attended IDYAZ  learning Yoga Benefits and core Yoga poses. The Yoga teachers started with Sadilaja /C̣ālana Kriyas/Loosening Practices; then the Standing postures ( Tādāsana, Vṛikṣāsana, Pāda-Hastāsana , Ardha Cakrāsana, Trikoṇāsana) then Siting Postures ( Bhadrāsana, Vajrasan, Ardha Uṣṭrāsana, Ustrasana, Sasānkāsana, Uttan Mandukasana ) then Pron Postures ( Makarāsana, Bhujangāsana, Śalabhāsana ) then  Supine Postures( Śetubandhāsana, Uttana Padasana, Ardha Halasna, Pavanamuktāsana) followed with Yoga Nidra and Pranayamas and a special meditation from Isha Foundation..

An appetizing Indian lunch was provided for all the participants. Over all, the event was well received and served to highlight the importance of yoga, as a part of a healthy, all round regimen.  IDYAZ event spread awareness of yoga in all aspects, both for the uninitiated as well as the practitioners with 38 HSS volunteers making it a very well organized event.

This year’s celebration was marked under the theme “Yoga for SDGs” since the Sustainable Development Goals were launched in January 2016 i.e “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” – SDG 3 is particularly relevant since yoga improves physical health and general well-being.

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 and continues to grow in popularity.

UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/131 designated 21 June International Day of Yoga. 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution.” It had the “highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.” June 21, 2016 marked the second ever observance of this Day which is aimed to raise worldwide awareness of the benefits of practicing yoga. The UN Resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014