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A Report on International Day of Yoga activities in Warsaw, Poland
2 August 2017
The celebration of IYD started in Poland on 09.06.2017 with an event at the BK centre in Warsaw with the presence of H.E. Mr.Ajay Bisaria, the Ambassador of India, sis. Denice, sis. Halina and eminent guests from different professions. Mr.Bisaria praised the Brahma Kumaris for their work which he described as spiritual diplomacy, where peace has to start with the self. Dr. Christopher Stec (Phd in Surya Namaskar) presented the scientific proof of yoga, sis. Denice spoke how yoga brings order out of chaos and sis. Halina conducted Rajyoga meditation, followed by vegetarian super. On the 2 following days the guests had a chance to participate in special sessions where the philosophy of rajyoga was presented with practical meditation sessions were conducted.
On 24.06.2017 we had the priviledge to host at the centre 2 famous Australian musicians, Prem and Jethro from Sacred Earth musical group, who came to Poland to give concerts as part of celebrations of Yoga Day. That same evening we had a programme/concert: Yoga for the Mind and the Heart with special guests from Australia, sis. Carmen Warrington and br. David Jones, who with their angelic music and powerful vibrations led the audience beyond the physical realms.
25th of June was the official celebrations of IYD in a popular park in Warsaw. Over 5000 people visited the parK and took part in various yoga activities. Bks participated in that event and sis. Carmen and br. David had 2 special sessions on rajyoga meditations with music and drishti creating a powerful atmosphere.
1 – H.E Mr. Ajay Bisaria, the Ambassador of India, sis.Denis and sis Halina
2 – sis. Carmen Warrington and br David Jones (Australia) giving a concert: Yoga for the Mind and Heart.
3 – Prem and Jetro Wiliams from Sacred Earth (Australia) and sis. Halina
Service News of International Day of Yoga Celebrations in Frankfurt
2 August 2017
Didi Sudesh and Brother David Kilowsky of Gyan Sarovar featured at the celebrations on a boat travelling up and down the River Main through the City of Frankfurt. The trip was organized by the Indian Consulate in Frankfurt. Sudesh Didi gave a lecture on the Necessity of Raja Yoga Meditation in Everyday Life. Didi met with the Consul and other dignitaries, a captive audience on the luxury boat trip.
Brother David gave a special performance of Meditation music using several instruments, Native American Flute, Chinese Flute, and various Indian instruments. Sr Denise gave a meditation commentary for engendering the spirit of harmony.
Most of the presentations were for Hatha Yoga exercises and Pranayama, including a presentation of Hatha Yoga from Sister Rita. There was also a wonderful performance of traditional music from Delhi.
The photos below capture the mood of the day.
In Spiritual Service,
Didi Sudesh and Team.
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Kathmandu: Int'l Yoga Day - Godly Gift presented to Famous Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala
16 July 2017
Dear Divine Family,
Om Shanti! Kindly Accept Godly Remembrance with Peace and Love,
Please find the attached Photos of 3rd International Yoga Day 21 June 2017 at Kathmandu Nepal.
On the occasion of the 3rd international Yoga Day, a Grand Talk Programme was organized by the Indian Embassy at Hotel Sangrila and Rajyogini Raj Didi Presented a Godly Gift to Famous Bollywood and kollywood actress Ms. Manisha Koirala.
On Godly Service
IDY Event News from Masaka and Rwanda
16 July 2017
Seychelles Celebrates International Yoga Day
16 July 2017
Zimbabwe IDY Yoga 2017 Celebrations
16 July 2017
International Yoga Day Service Report from Mozambique
16 July 2017
Guangzhou, China: International Yoga Day News
16 July 2017
A very special event was co-organised by Brahma Kumaris and Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, China. This event was held in a 5-star hotel in the city centre and about 500 souls took benefit. We also invited some hatha yoga teachers from various yoga schools in the province. It was a good chance for letting the audience know about the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga along with physical yoga.
As Brahma Kumaris were the co-organisers with Consulate General of India, we had the opportunity to design and plan the whole activity, so we could give a spiritual message to the audience in an appropriate way.
It was half a day activity in which BKs had two slots of 45 minutes each to present Rajyoga. BK Sister Sapna presented Rajyoga Meditation using audio, video & guided meditations along with a short speech about the introduction of the ancient way of Rajyoga and its benefits.
The program was inaugurated by Consulate officers Mr Tarun Kumar and Mrs Aarti Vasudev from the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou.The program concluded with meditation for world peace conducted by Sister Sapna and BK students.
Many people registered for Rajyoga classes as a follow up of this event, which shows that souls are really keen to know more about the spiritual dimension of yoga.
Some pictures of the event are enclosed herewith.
In Baba's sweet remembrance
BK family, Guangzhou, China
Get Fueled with Positivity and Fly! - IDY Celebrations in Azerbaijan
16 July 2017
IDY Event News from Sri Lanka
16 July 2017
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IDY Celebration in Sacremento, California
16 July 2017
Dear Global Family, Godly greetings!
Here is the news for IDY celebration in Sacramento California.
International Day of Yoga Celebrations in Texas, USA
15 July 2017
Dear Divine Family,
Om shanti. Brahma Kumaris in Texas joined the Consulate General of India (Houston) in celebrating the 2017 International Day of Yoga in several Texas Cities.
BK Hansa Raval conducts Raja Yoga Meditation exercise
BK Mark with Harris County Judge Emmett
BK Mark with Consulate General of India (Houston)-newly formed Yoga Alliance Network
BK Hansa Raval and others with Dep Consulate General.
BK Hansa Raval conducts Raja Yoga Meditation exercise
Group photo with area yoga teachers.
BKs and Mayor of Irving (Dallas), Texas State Representative Matt Rinaldi, and Indian Consul
International Day of Yoga Celebrations News from Suriname
15 July 2017
Radha Didi of Lucknow attends high-level dinner with Prime Minister Modi on 20th June for International Yoga Day
4 July 2017
Please accept sweet Godly remembrance from Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.
On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Shri Yogi Adityanath ji, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, hosted a dinner for Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at CM Awas, Lucknow on 20th June 2017.
Brahma Kumari Radha Didi was invited along with Cabinet Ministers and leaders of the opposition.
Brief Report for IDY held at Kandy zone, Sri Lanka
4 July 2017
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Celebration of International Day of Yoga in Mauritius
4 July 2017
On Sunday 18th June 2017, the third UN International Day of Yoga was celebrated by the Mauritian Bk family .The celebration was held at the Port-Louis Waterfront in the presence of three visitors from India, Sister Sarita,Sister Bhakti and Brother Dhyaneshwar from Pune. A demonstration of yoga postures kicked off the event followed by a series of physical exercises followed by one hour meditation.
Candle lighting Ceremony
Demonstration of Yoga Postures
Active participation of the audience
From Left to right: Brother Dhyaneshwar, Sister Gaitree, Sister Geeta and Sister Sarita
Bks conducting Raja Yoga Meditation
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International Day of Yoga at Peace Village
1 July 2017
Om Shanti yogi souls,
The first person to arrive was happily carrying our Pennysaver ad for IDY and Awakening asking "Am I at the right place?" This new paper mails directly to local counties and our ad reached to over 19,000 local homes.
After opening meditation by Sr Chirya, Nicole and Heidi, expert yoga teachers from Mountain Breeze Yoga Center in nearby Wyndham, conducted the hatha yoga exercises giving helpful assistance throughout.
Carrie Dugo, from Tannersville carried through with a form of bhakti yoga. She sang and played guitar beautifully, whilst we joined in on her personal healing chant, as she is conquering a health problem and
has been given the loving title by the community as "Woman of Strength".
Sr Suman from Madhuban, spoke lovingly about the yoga of Raj Yoga and Sr Susan concluded with a powerful meditation. Toli and blessings were then distributed.
International Yoga Day at Lower Field, Alexandra Palace in North London, Sunday, 18th June
1 July 2017
International Yoga Day in London, started on Sunday 18th June with Om International Yoga Day one day festival on the grounds of Alexandra Palace in North London. There was a team of over 50 BK volunteers who supported the BK site and also helped with the main registration for the event. There were over 3,500 people who visited the festival throughout the day.
BK’s had a slot on the main stage from 2pm-3pm and Sister Sujata led a class with Om-Chanting and various lighthearted and simple yoga exercises before Sister Maureen reminded everyone the importance of collectively sending our peace and good wishes to the world at this time of great upheaval and tragedy before leading a silent gathering into a powerful meditation.
A whole range of activities was offered throughout the day, from 9am-6pm, to give people an introduction to Raj Yoga and many of its benefits:
- Meditation Space, with a programme of rolling 20-minute meditation sessions, led by a variety of BK’s. Titles such as ‘moments of peace’; ‘Being before Doing’; Healing Relationships’; ‘Just-a-minute meditation on the go’ were explored and each session was full, with 733 attending 16 sessions.
- Human-Soul Connection: A chance to share drishti and eye contact on a one-to-one basis with experienced meditators and many shared powerful experiences from this.
- Tree of Good Wishes: an invitation to write a wish for the world and tie it to the tree. The tree was in its fullness with over a thousand leaves by the end of the day.
- Meditate for The World: A place for people to come and join in the wave of World Meditation taking place throughout the planet on this day, third Sunday, whether for a minute or an hour.
- Raj Yoga Exhibition Space: Taking people through the basic tenets of Raj Yoga and signposting on to further investigation and exploration!
- Emergency Optimist: Always a hit, with many taking benefit and finding practical spiritual solutions to dealing with their present issues.
- BK publications stand offering a wide range of items to support people on their ongoing spiritual journey.
- Virtue Wheel: fun for all the family,where people identify different positive qualities within….where the wheel stops and walk away with a blessing and a smile.
See below for some of the feedback from those who benefited:
‘I loved all of these stations! I picked out forgiveness at the virtue wheel and ended up attending the forgiveness meditation so that was particularly special for me!’
‘Really amazing experience at each area, thank you’.
‘The sessions I attended really helped me to connect with myself, so thank you’.
‘A very insightful, realistic and thoughtful speech, achievable and attainable. Thank you’.
‘This was a timely reminder for me so thank you…I would like to practise meditation much more’.
‘I found it very relaxing and inspiring’.
It was a really engaging talk, which gave me a better understanding of what meditation can give me’.
‘I really loved this time with the meditation activities. It has made me aware and conscious of changes I need to make and I’ve learnt to look at things from different angles’.
‘Great event for improving mental health’.
Bangalore - VV Puram: International Day of Yoga on 21st June
1 July 2017
Omshanti and greetings from Bangalore Divine family,
On the occasion of the International Yoga Day of Yoga organized by Ayush Karnataka at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, Respected Brother Mruthyunjaya and Sister Ambika, Zonal In Charge, V.V. Puram Bangalore, spoke on behalf of Brahma Kumaris and 50 BKs were on the stage giving a practical glimpse of meditation.
Nearly 7000 people had gathered including the Principal Secretary of Health Gov of Karnataka, Smt. Shalini Rajneesh. The Director of Ayush and joint directors and yoga gurus from different yoga institutions graced the occasion. The programme was relayed on many TV channels.
In Baba's Yaad
B K Ambika
Bangalore, V V Puram
In Photos: International Day of Yoga in Mongolia
1 July 2017
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Chandigarh: International Yoga Day Celebration
1 July 2017
Divine Family, Greetings of Peace from Chandigarh.
18th June 2017
To mark the celebrations of 3rd international yoga day, around 600 BKs gathered in a unique and a beautiful program organized by Brahma Kumaris Chandigarh in Sector 33 park from 5 to 8 AM. It started with a 30 minutes meditation followed by the ‘Murli’ class. After this, all did rhythmic physical yoga (physical exercise) on beautiful Baba's Song and live meditation commentary. The amazing session was a combination of mind-body fitness. In a totally serene atmosphere, everybody practiced a ‘LET GO’ session freeing themselves from the physical, mental bondages.
Many eminent personalities from different faiths were also present in the program. Among them were Mahant Surinder Kaur ji and Shri Jai Krishan Nath ji from Guga Mari sector 36, Major Karnail Singh ji from Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Gurudwara sector 34, and Maulana Murtaja Qasim from Jama Masjid sector 45.
19th June 2017
A Seminar on Yoga was organised by Chandigarh Administration and AYUSH Department at IMA Hall, Sector 35. The dignitaries from different Yoga Associations/Institutes were invited to deliver a lecture on Yoga.
Brahma Kumaris Chandigarh BK Amirchand Bhai ji spoke on the topic " Rajyoga for Healthy and Happy Society". In the Last City, the Mayor presented a memento to BK AmirChand Bhai ji.
Home Secretary Sh. Anurag Aggarwal was the Chief Guest. City Mayor Mrs. Asha Jaswal, Director Health Services Mr. Rakesh Kashyup and many more dignitaries were present in the program.
21st June 2017
A grand state level program was organised by Chandigarh Administration and AYUSH Department in the morning 6 AM to 8 AM at PLAZA sector 17. Around 3000 participants took part in YOGA performance fromDifferent organizations like Patanjali, Art of Living, Govt. College of YOGA, Chandigarh Yog Sabha, Brahmrishi Yoga Training College etc. From Brahma Kumaris, 200 delegates participated in this event.
Hon'ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sh. J P Nadda was the Chief Guest. Governor Punjab and Administrator Chandigarh Sh. V P Singh Badnour, Adviser to the Administrator Sh. Parimal Rai, Home Secretary Sh. Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner Sh. Ajit Balaji Joshi, Member Parliament Mrs. Kirron Kher and Many more dignitaries were present in the program.
Thanks & Regards
International Yoga Day at Wembley (UK) on 21st June
1 July 2017
A Message of Peace was shared with about 250 souls passing by through Wembley Central Square & about 150 of them shared their good wishes for the world.
The three main features were
- Meditation for World Peace,
- Tree of Good Wishes - Writing good wishes for the World
- Spinning the Virtue Wheel
Below is the link to some of the photos
I S Wembley Team
Central Commerce Minister Nirmala Seetharaman Inaugurates Int'l Yoga Day Celebrations at Indoor Stadium in Palakkad, Kerala
29 June 2017
This IDY event was jointly organized by Brahmakumaris Palakkad & Palakkad Yoga Associations
Chief Guest: Smt. Nirmala Seetharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance
Presidential Address: Dr.AK Vijayakumar, AYUSH Coordinator, Ramavarma Prakriti, Jeevana Kendra and Yoga Ppariseelana Center, Viyyur, Thrissur
Welcome: Br Gopalakrishnan, General Convenor, IYD Celebration Committee
- Smt.Prameela Sasidharan,Chairperson, Palakkad Muncipality
- Sri.Krishnakumar.C, Vice Chairman, Palakkad Muncipality
- Smt. Divya.K, Ward Councillor, Ayyapuram, Palakkad
- Swami Nityananda Saraswati, Shivananda Ashram, Rly colony, Palakkad
- BrahmaKumari Meenaji, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center, Palakkad
- Sri.V.P Murli, Chairman, Red Cross Society, Kerala State Branch
- Sri.V.K.Somasundaran,Navothana Parishath
- Dr.SS Kaimal,Chairman International IYD Celebration committee
- Prof.E.Gopikrishnan, Patron, IYD Celebration committee
- Prof.K.Ramakrishnan, President, Kreeda Bharathi Palakkad dist.
- Prof.Swaminathan,Vijnana Ramaniya Ashram, Palakkad
- Dr.Reghunath Parakkal,Psychologist, Palakkad
- Dr.KP Nandakumar, M.D,Amrita Homeo Medical Centre, Palakkad
- Sri.P.Prabbhakaran, Treasurer, IYD Celebration committee
Yoga Practice as per protocol: Yogacharyan Sri.Vijayakumar, Vyasa Vidhyapeedam
Dhyanam / Sankalpam / Shanti Mantram: BrahmaKumari Meenaji, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center, Palakkad
Stage Coordination: Prof.M.Rajendran, Kreeda Bharati, State Gen Sec
Thanks and Regards
Yoga Day at Raj Bhavan, Vidhan Bhavan and Dignity Foundation by Nepeansea Road
29 June 2017
Nepeansea Road Center, Mumbai, organized 3 programmes, at the Raj Bhavan, Vidhan Bhavan, and Dignity Foundation respectively, on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
The Raj Bhavan programme started with mass meditation at Sunrise Point, at 5 A.M. That was followed by a lecture given by Geeta Didi (Bhinmal), on the importance of Rajyoga. Yoga asanas were then taught by Br Bapulal Bhai (Shantivan). The programme was attended by Raj Bhavan officials, participants from renowned Yoga Clubs, and Baba’s students.
The Vidhan Bhavan Programme started at 11:30 A.M. with a speech on Rajyoga and positivity, followed by conduction of physical yoga as well as laughter therapy exercises by the famous Laughter Club. This event was attended by Vidhan Sabha officials, staff, participants from the Laughter Club, as well as Baba’s children.
At 4 P.M. a short speech and some exercises were conducted at the Dignity Foundation, which is a cultural centre/ old age home.
Nepeansea Road Center, Mumbai
Service news & photos of International Day of Yoga Celebrations at The Westin Kolkata Hotel
29 June 2017
The program was inaugurated by candle lighting by few of the following distinguished guests:
1. S. K. Gajmer, IPS, IGP, W.B; 2. Dr. H. P. Kanoria, Chairman, SREI Foundation; 3. The Ven Pahulaa Thero, Bhikhu Incharge, Mahabodhi Society of India, Kolkata; 4. Vinod Kumar Yadav, IFS, Addl Principal Chief Conservator of Forests; 5. Hon’ble Justice Subrata Talukdar, Judge, Kolkata High Court; 6. Sister Kanan, Senior Incharge, Brahma Kumaris, Kolkata; and other distinguished guests like H.P.Budiaji, MD of PATTON, Santosh Ku Rungtaji, Chairman of the Rungta group, Dr and Mrs Chandan Basu of Greenfield, and Mrs Suchhandra Bhutoria, Senior Vice President of FICCI FLO.
An enlightening session of spiritual insights, yoga, meditation and experience sharing was organized by SREI Foundation in association with Brahma Kumaris on 21st June 2017 at The Westin Kolkata Hotel. the event was attended by over 700 souls.
The program started with a presentation on International Yoga Day. It described how we would have an opportunity to get an experience of the journey into inner life in order to rediscover the spirit within and to communicate with the Supreme Soul. The program continued with the introduction of the soul and Supreme Soul, together with a guided meditation by Sister Chandra. After that, through a video presentation, the message of blessing by Rajyogini Dadi Janki, Chief of Brahma Kumaris regarding the International Day of Yoga was displayed.
The distinguished guests shared their illuminating experience.
S.K Gazmerji, IPS, IGP, West Bengal said, “My whole understanding and perspective was changed and started to become superior when I was taught by Brahma Kumaris about my real Self (Soul).
The Chairman of SREI Foundation, Dr. H. P. Kanoria said, “We can establish our sweet relationship with Supreme Father through Rajyoga and thereby we get the powers of Supreme Father Shiv Baba and negative tendencies are faded away. God clears our intellect, which then controls the mind”
Brother Ven-Pahula Thero, a Srilankan, delivered his speech in Hindi. He said that we all need peace of mind. He said that the mind is very fast. You kill a mosquito without thinking. Why? Because you gave that power to mind. The mind follows us like a shadow. Our mind can take us to far away places, like you think America & the picture of Obama and Trump comes to you. You think of India and then the picture of India losing the cricket match comes. You can take your mind to the moon or even to the sun. So, how will you get peace? If you keep your mind in control. We all fear death. Why? Because then we have to move away from here.
Bro. Vinodji said “The word Om Shanti is the essence of everything. Science has done so much development that it can take us to the moon or other planets. Now NASA has said that the word “Om” is coming out from the rays of Sun. But our sages have told it much earlier. So, true peace comes through Raj Yoga only. It needs repeated practice of Raj Yoga to control ones thought process and then only you can feel peace. So, if you go to any centre of BK, you feel peace there as the Raj Yoga creates vibrations of peace."
Justice Subrata Talukdar of Kolkata High Court said, “Peace only comes when we practice Raj Yoga as mentioned by various speakers. What happens when I am riding a cycle and someone sitting on the back of the cycle is trying to dis-balance me. I, while riding the cycle, immediately understand and adjust accordingly. Same is needed for being peaceful. He also said that what distinguishes humans from animals are thoughts and so our thoughts should be managed properly.”
Sister Kanan thanked Brother Kanoriaji and Sister Champa for providing the facilities to arrange this program. She said that Supreme Father is giving us His powers so that all our brothers and sisters, even while remaining in the family, are leading a peaceful life. However busy we stay in our work place, we just keep a relationship with the Supreme Father and keep his remembrance throughout. We have so many brothers and sisters who earlier tried to get rid of their anger and intoxicating habits but failed, and after practicing Raj Yoga they were so easily able to get rid of those habits. So many come to me and ask for a blessing for their children who are restless. How do they become peaceful? -- by coming here and by receiving the powers of Supreme Father.
There was a session of powerful mass meditation which was enjoyed by all.
Physical Yoga was also presented for 20 minutes by Shibu Bhai the end of the programme.
On Godly Service,
Brahma Kumaris, Kolkata
International Yoga Day Celebrations conducted by Santa Cruz West, Mumbai
29 July 2017
Dear Divine Family, Om Shanti!
IYD at Brahma Kumaris Muktanand Peace Park, Santacruz West.
The occasion was graced by BJP Corporator Sister Hetal Galalji who appreciated the dedication of Brahma Kumaris, had a very blissful experience during Meditation and expressed her keen desire towards learning Meditation. Meera Didiji, Santacruz Subzone Incharge, conducted Rajyoga Meditation and explained the importance of Rajyoga in our daily life. Br Peter, Yoga Trainer, conducted exercises and pranayamas explaining their benefits.
IYD at L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Santacruz West.
A program on Self Empowerment and Yoga was conducted for students of L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce by Sr Vinita and Yoga Trainer Mr Desai. Principal Dr Debajit N. Sarkar graced the occasion.
IYD at Pawan Hans Ltd.
A session on Stress-Free Life, Meditation and Yoga was conducted for Staff of Pawan Hans. Sister Vinita and BK Peter participated, along with Mr Air Comodor T.A. Dayasagar, Executive Director, Pawan Hans Ltd and Shri Sanjay Kumar, GM, (Western Region).
Santacruz West, Mumbai.
International Yoga Day in South London, UK
28 June 2017
Dear all, Om Shanti,
Please find the report on service that happened from the South London centre on the International day 21st June.
We were partners in two places
1) Tooting - Patidar Samaj hall.
Here there were two sessions held one in the morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm & one in the evening from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Around 180 souls took benefit from these sessions. There was Patanjali yoga demonstrated by Bhanubehn Parekh and everyone joined in. Sister Priti from Brahma Kumaris spoke on Raj Yoga and its benefits and also conducted guided meditations. Kundalini yoga & laughter yoga were demonstrated. Everyone enjoyed the sessions . In the evenng Dr Vidya also spoke on Positive Thinking and its effects on the brain and our health. Two others shared their experiences on how Yoga had benefitted their health.
2) Wallington, Croydon - Willson school
The Brahma Kumaris were invited by the DYSM group of South London. Around 80 souls attended this session which was from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Sister Deidre from Brahma Kumaris spoke and did a guided commentary of Raj Yoga. Hatha yoga, pranayam as well as Datta yoga were also conducted.
Lots of love
In Babas Yaad,
Invest in the Self and Share with the World! - IYD news from St.Petersburg, Russia
28 June 2017
Since the last three years, the International Yoga Day (celebrated on 21 June) has been becoming increasingly popular in St. Petersburg, Russia. The importance of 21 June was hardly known to anyone here in 2015. A large-scale yoga festival took place in this historical city in 2016. And this year St. Petersburg is celebrating the Yoga Week (!) that will culminate with a magnificent parade of various schools of yoga at the very heart of the city, the Peter and Paul Fortress ground. The public event “Gently Embracing the Earth” that took place at Lighthouse, the Brahma Kumaris Centre in St. Petersburg on 22 June, became a significant contribution to spreading the message of ancient wisdom of raja yoga for achieving the stage of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
The event started with an inspiring master-class by Vivek Tiwari, an experienced hatha yoga teacher from India, now teaching yoga at the Consulate General of India in St. Petersburg. The audience followed him in a series of simple, yet effective, exercises, extremely helpful for modern busy people.
Mr. Arun Kumar Sharma, Consul General of India, and his spouse became special guests of the event. Mr. Arun Kumar Sharma addressed the audience, saying, “I am happy that you are associated with the Brahma Kumaris here and enjoying the benefits of yoga and meditation. It has been now scientifically established that regular practice of yoga helps us in managing our life better, in finding the balance of our body, mind and soul. Yoga is applicable not only in India but everywhere in the world because we as human beings face similar issues, irrespective of where we live. All of us have to deal with stresses and tension. My personal experience says that yoga helps us to manage those issues in a better way. Practicing yoga ultimately helps us to attain union with the Supreme, God. So I would say that yoga and meditation have universal applicability and universal appeal.”
Didi Santosh, director of the Brahma Kumaris, St. Petersburg, said, “Investment in the self is the need of the time. Since the self is not physical but spiritual, we have to fill ourselves spiritually on a daily basis. Along with physical food, we require food for the soul. This is what the International Yoga Day is all about. It gives us the message that when you are able to make a pause between your actions and go into silence, you nurture the true spiritual, eternal self.”
The event was decorated with a beautiful folk dance and videoclips that inspired the audience to share their good wishes and pure feelings with Mother Earth. The guided meditation conducted by Didi Santosh and adorned with the silent presence of six Brahma Kumari sisters, practitioners of raja yoga, enabled everyone to plunge into the ocean of calm and purity. And the delicious vegetarian dinner made us feel we were one big and loving family!
International Day of Yoga news from Philippines
26 June 2017
News of International Day of Yoga from Sydney, Australia
26 June 2017
The Brahma Kumaris were one of three organisations invited to partner with the Indian Cultural Centre within the Indian Consulate in Sydney.
Consul General Mr Vanlalwala opened the programme together with David Clarke, Member of the Legislative Assembly and BK Charlie Hogg, National Coordinator of Australia. This was followed by a hatha yoga demonstration by BK Kim Wainer accompanied by Heather Lee, a professional opera singer chanting Indian chants; a panel discussion hosted by BK Ami Trivedi on Raja Yoga with BKs Charlie, Morni and Kim; a meditation commentary by BK Morni, Centre Manager of BK InnerSpace Sydney and blessings given by BK Asha Trivedi. Sister Kim also offered a meditation and hatha yoga evening on 21st June attended by a small group of hatha yoga teachers and students.
Japan celebrates International Day of Yoga
26 June 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka, Celebrates International Day of Yoga
26 June 2017
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News of Internationa Day of Yoga from Bali, Indonesia
26 June 2017
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Hong Kong Celebrates International Day of Yoga
26 June 2017
For the International Day of Yoga in Hong Kong, the Indian Consulate and Asia Society organised a whole day event on Sunday 18 June. Nineteen hatha yoga organisations and one meditation group – Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres, Hong Kong - participated and had the opportunity to showcase their programs.
The BKs were the first group to be invited by the Indian Consulate to discuss what we can offer and they specifically requested a proposal for meditation in Cantonese.
Sr Kathie was the main BK presenter. She has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for over 10 years and has taught hatha yoga for over 30 years. She explained what meditation is and the benefits of meditation for the body and mind, with a Power Point presentation.
Sr Susanna, who has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for over 30 years, spoke two live meditation commentaries to relax the body and mind in Cantonese.
BK Rohini, Co-ordinator of the Raja Yoga Meditation Centre, Hong Kong, took the participants through a practical creative meditation experience with Sr Kathie translating into Cantonese.
Twenty five people registered for the program, with some registering on the day of the event.
Fifteen BKs joined in to provide spiritual support. For over two months leading up to the event, BKs from both Hong Kong and Kowloon Centres had continued to create yoga power saksash and for the last three Sundays a group of six BKs had maintained an invocation at Amrit Vela meditation.
As a follow up there will be three programs at the Hong Kong Centre, and the first Cantonese public program at the Kowloon Centre on “Exploring and Discovering: Anger to Love”.
With thanks to all involved for their support.
Fifty Thousand People assemble for Yoga at Red Fort on IDY
22 June 2017
Collective Yoga Vibrations Pacified God of Rain to Beat a Retreat
‘Rajyoga Develops Health, Cleanliness and Righteouness’-Dadi Janki
‘Yoga Facilitates Self & God Realization’- Sakshi Maharaj
New Delhi, June 21: Red Fort Grounds witnessed a mammoth gathering of about fifty thousand white-clad yoga practitioners who assembled, not only to showcase the efficacy of India ancient Yoga in restoring health and wellness, but also to demonstrate the collective yogic powers on looming clouds to stop from raining and drenching the ground.
Rajyogi Br Brijmohan, Chief Spokesman of the Brahma Kumaris Vishwa Vidyalaya which organized this biggest yoga event in Delhi with the support of Ministry of AYUSH, said that regular practice of Rajyoga could not only enable us to control our sense organs and inner negative nature, but also to cool down and conquer the outer five elements of nature.
102 years old Chief of Brahma Kumaris, Rajyogini Dadi Janki from Mount Abu, in blessing the occasion with her forceful words of wisdom and with yogic power of inner peace, poise and positivity, said that yoga is much more than hatha yoga. It is an art of knowing the inner self in its true perspective and remaining in loving remembrance of the Supreme Being in all human relations in order to conquer ego, inner vices, weaknesses, addictions and attachments to worldly entities.
She said that the practice of Raj-yoga results in inner empowerment, which is essential for experiencing and restoring holistic health, harmony and happiness in self and human society. She said that Raj-yoga, being a form of intellectual & mental communion with God, could be practised while performing one’s daily duties and that it would empower the practitioner to cultivate truthfulness, righteousness, cleanliness and simplicity as well as avoid wasteful, vicious and negative thoughts, word and deeds.
Lok Sabha MP Sakshi Maharaj, as the Special Guest on the occasion, echoed the wisdom of Dadi Janki by saying that self realization and God realization were the quintessence of all sacred scriptures and religious texts. Spiritual yoga or Raj-yoga is the way to attain these higher stages of life, he said. He presented his book ‘Gita-Ek Yoga Shastra’ to Dadiji and to other inter-faith leaders on the stage.
Rajyogini Asha Didi, Main Program Coordinator of the event, said that yoga is a powerful tool which not only connects the mind, body and spirit in harmony, but also brings significant positive changes in one's lifestyles. By practising yoga on a daily basis, one can become a peaceful and loving soul and can carry out worldly duties with balance and with a sense of emotional detachment from worldly powers and possessions.
Prominent among others who also gave their greetings on the occasion and advocated for practice and promotion of yoga as a healthy, simple, positive and virtuous way of life, were Father Filix Jones, Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi; Dildar Hussain Beigh, President of All Hussain Memorial Society, Dr A K Merchant, National Trustee of the Bahai community and Mr E I Malekar, Head Priest, Judah Hyam Synagogue in India.
In Socio-Spiritual Services
Brahma Kumar Sushant
Media Wing, Rajyoga Education & Research Foundation
Dear Divine Family,
Greetings of peace.
Rajyogini Dadi Janki, the Chief of Brahma Kumaris addressed spectacular gathering of high spirit 50,000 Rajyogis on 21 June 2017 International Day of Yoga at 15 August Ground, Red Fort, Delhi.
The AYUSH Officers were amazed to see the gathering, discipline and spiritual glow on the faces of 50000 Rajyogis.
Dadiji said Yoga means 'Satayata (Truth) Swachta (Cleanliness) and Sadgi (Simplicity). She emphasized there should not be ego in I and attachment in My. She also read Baba's Murli (one page) at Red Fort.
There was heavy rain in Delhi since amritvela, when Prakaratijeet Dadiji came the weather become pleasant.
Please find enclosed the photographs of the Grand Event organised in collaboration with Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India.
BK Brij Mohan
Mass Meditation at Hyderabad (Secunderabad) for IDY
22 June 2017
On Sunday, 18th June 2016 at Indira Park, which is at the central location of Hyderabad-Secunderabad, a grand mass meditation programme, ‘Meditation for Peace’, was organised by Brahma Kumaris centres of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Telangana. About 2500 BKs from various centres participated enthusiastically from morning 6.00 am to 8.30 am. There was a simple yoga asanas session for 20 min, deep Rajyoga meditation for 60 min, followed by Spiritual Class for 30 min.
Respected Santosh Didi from Mumbai specially came to join this yoga programme. Sis.Kuldeep, Incharge of Hyderabad centre, Sis.Manju & Sis.Saroj of Secunderabad centres and several other centre teachers and students took part in this special event.
Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, visited as Chief Guest. He was astonished and felt happy to see thousands of white dressed BKs doing early morning meditation for peace. He appreciated BKs for their promotion of values and peace. He also requested BKs to take part in more governmental projects like Swatch Bharat etc.
About 100 teachers and few brothers were seated on the stage conducting yoga while thousands of BKs took part. The whole programme gave a very powerful and refreshing experience for all.
Celebration of 3rd UN International Day of Yoga at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
22 June 2017
Dadi Jankiji's Message for International Yoga Day
21 June 2017
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One more inspiring message from our beloved Dadiji and this time she addresses the whole international community! Dadi Jankiji visited Godlywood Studio and recorded a message in English on the occasion of International Yoga Day which was declared by UN by the initiation and efforts of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dadi stressed the importance of adopting Rajyoga as a lifestyle and encouraged everyone to take a step towards self-change to make a difference in the world.
Please find the video link attached and feel free to send it to all local channels and share with your personal contacts.
Let us take a step to make that difference today!
Towards world service,
With warm regards,
World Renewal Spiritual Trust
YOUTUBE LINK WEB TV
Rajyoga Meditation gives solution to all difficulties, says expert - IDY Event in Ludhiana
20 June 2017
SOURCE: The Tribune India (http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ludhiana/rajyoga-meditation-gives-solution-to-all-difficulties-says-expert/424532.html) published by the Tribune News Service on Jun 19, 2017, 2:41 AM
Participants at a yoga camp organised by Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University to mark the International Yoga Day at Rose Garden in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan
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Ludhiana, June 18: Ahead of the International Yoga Day, a camp was organised at the Rose Garden by the Ludhiana branch of the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University. A consultant physician, Dr BK Sachin, who was the resource person on the occasion, spoke on "Rajyoga to Strengthen Mind and Intellect." The camp was inaugurated by Ludhiana Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.
The university offers many graduate, postgraduate, and diploma courses in value education. The institution is unique in itself as it helps bring personal, familial and social harmony through rajyoga teachings. Dr Sachin has been associated with the organisation for the past 13 years.
The programme, which was of two hours duration, began at 5:30 am with participants doing exercises and yoga asanas. More than 600 people attended the camp.
Dr Sachin apprised participants about the meaning and importance of yoga. He said, “The meaning of yoga is re-union and discipline. It’s the union of body with mind, mind with intellect, intellect with soul and soul with the supreme soul.” He said Patanjali yoga comprised eight components — yamas, niyamas, aasanas, pranayamas, pratyar (external), dharna, dhyan, samadhi (internal). “The most popular, aasana and pranayam, are only two parts of yoga. Rajyoga is the complete and ultimate stage of yoga. It answers the sutle purpose of yoga,” he added.
He said, “For physical ailments, aasanas and pranayam are good, but rajyoga meditation gives solutions for all intended difficulties. It makes us realise our real self, which is calm, pure, peaceful, happy and beautiful, similar to the Supreme Soul.”
Five-day yoga camp begins at DMCH
In view of the upcoming International Yoga Day on June 21, a five-day yoga camp began at Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) from 6 am to 7 am today.
The DMCH Managing Society secretary, Prem Kumar Gupta, said International Yoga Day was being regularly observed at the hospital with enthusiasm for the past many years. He stressed, “In today’s stressful atmosphere yoga has become an essential approach to lead a healthy and peaceful life.”
The Principal, Dr Sandeep Puri, and chief cardiologist, Dr GS Wander, said the DMCH and Hero DMC Heart Institute run full-fledged yoga consultation services for the treatment of ailing patients admitted to the hospitals.
The DMCH yoga unit in-charge, Dr Sanjeev Singh Rawat, said, “People from all walks of life will participate in the five- day yoga camp. Yoga is a way of life, which is essential for a balanced living.”
Public Programme for 3rd International Yoga Day Held at Siri Fort, New Delhi
20 June 2017
Inauguration by Union Sports Minister Mr Vijay Goel, UN Information Center in India Director Mr Derk Segaar, Dr H R Nagendra, Yoga Guru, Rajyogi BK Brijmohan, Chief Spokesman of Brahma Kumaris among others.
"Lifestyle change a must for reaping complete benefits of Yoga."-Mr Vijay Goel
"Peace of mind attained through Yoga can contain crime & corruption" -Dr Nagendra
New Delhi, June 18: For celebrating 3rd International Day of Yoga, a day-long public program on 'Yoga As A Healthy Way Of Life' and 'Receiving God's Power For Peace And Happiness' was organised by the Brahma Kumaris organisation with the support of Ministry of AYUSH at Siri Fort Auditorium here today.
Mr Vijay Goel, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports addressing the program as Chief Guest said that Yoga balances mind, body & soul and should be made part of school education."A curriculum on Yoga should be developed and introduced in school level education. We at Ministry of Sports have received a proposal to declare Yoga as sports," the Minister said. A lifestyle modification is must for yoga and for yoga to be effective, lifestyle change is a must, he stressed.
Yoga Guru Dr H R Nagendra, President, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, said that Yoga plays a key role in contributing towards inner powers, peace, poise, tranquillity and balance of mind. Talking about the holistic dimensions of Yoga, he called for its inclusion in educational course curricula at all levels. "Yoga leads to inculcating positive traits and also results in spiritual growth and realisation of God as well," he said.
Speaking at the event, Mr Derk Segaar, Director, UNIC -India, Bhutan, appraised the inclusivity of Yoga which can be practised by all age groups and people of different faiths and cultures. "Yoga creates an opportunity to disconnect from our material subservience and connect with the inner being for restoring true health, harmony and happiness in self and society," he said.
Rajyogi BK Brijmohan, Chief Spokesman of the Brahma Kumaris said that yoga actually refers to Raja Yoga in which the inner being experiences a loving link with the Supreme Being. It is not merely confined to physical asanas or breathing exercises, but a spiritual process of harmonizing one's thoughts, words and deeds for individual and world welfare and wellbeing, he stressed.
Mr Anshumann Sharma, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, said that the practice of yoga results in tranquillity and stability of mind ."You don't need anything to practise Yoga, all that is required is your will power", he said.
Dr Lalit Kumar, Chairman (CEPTAM), Defence Research and Development Organisation, said: "Meditation helps in connecting with the infinite, it gives you the power to realise that you are a spiritual being rather than a bodily being".
Brahma Kumari Chakradhari, Chairperson of Brahma Kumaris' Women Wing explained the four pillars of Raj yoga i.e., spiritual wisdom, meditation, divine virtues and selfless service as the basis for self-actualization and life fulfillment.
The Evening Session of the Program was blessed by Rajyogini Dadi Janki, Chief of Brahma Kumaris and was addressed by Mrs Meenakshi Lekhi, MP (Lok Sabha); Dr Ishwar Acharya, Director, CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH;
Ms. Divya Khosla Kumar, Bollywood Actor, Director and Producer; Rajyogini B K Asha, Main Program Coordinator of the Yoga Events among others.
Please find below photos of 3rd International Yoga Day Celebrations Program
IDY Celebrations in Moscow
20 June 2017
Dear divine family.
Since two days we have been celebrating the International Day of Yoga, in Moscow.
Mr. Sidhartha Shashini, First Secretary and Ms. Shashwati Dey, Second Secretary (Com & R) from the Embassy of India, Moscow were among the honored guests who joined the occasion.
Please find below the photo report of the event.
Motor Cycle Rally Kick Off as part of the International Yoga Day Celebration
19 June 2017
SOURCE: IT News, published in E-PAO, Manipur (http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=29..120617.jun17), on Friday, 16 June 2017
Imphal, June 11 2017: As part of the International Yoga Day observance, a Mega Motor Cycle rally was carried out today from Kakching to Serou as an awareness campaign organised by Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya Kakching. The campaign began May 21 and will continue through June 21, 2017.
The Rally was flagged off from Brahma Kumaris, Peace Palace Kakching of Kakching Wairi Khongnang Lamtei, by Retd IGP Mayanglambam Sushilkumar .
Rajyogini Brahma Kumari Nilima, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Manipuri, Brahma Kumari Rupa, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Kakching and other officials took part in the flag-off.
Speaking on the sideline of the rally, Sr Nilima expressed that the rally was organised to give awareness about the usefulness of Yoga during the month-long international yoga day observance held by Prajapita Brahna Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya Kakching (May 2 to June 21) as part of International Yoga Day celebrations.
Sr Nilima spoke on the benefits of practicing yoga on a regular basis as it transforms the body and mind bringing physical, mental and spiritual for one's benefit.
It is not about exercise but about discovering the sense of oneness with oneself, the world and nature.
It also embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action and a holistic approach to health and well-being, she added. Street meetings were also held at Wabagai Lamkhai, Lamjao, Langmeidong, Waikhong and Sugnu, etc.
Later, International Yoga Day was also observed at Serou Mayai Leikai Community Hall and was attended by Moirangthem Sarat, Chairperson of Sugnu Municipal Council; Salam Naobicha, Pradhan of Serou Gram Panchayat; Athokpam Romendro Singh, SDPO of Sugnu and Kh Sundari Devi, Principal of Padma Ratna English School, Kakching as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Rajyogini Brahma Kumari Nilima, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Manipuri, Brahma Kumari Rupa, in-charge of Brahma Kumaris Kakching were the special guests and hosts of the event.
Hindi and English Sample Folders for International Yoga Day
12 June 2017
Most Respected Sisters and Brothers of the Divine Family and Bapdada’s instruments of all centres,
Please find the attached Hindi & English Sample Folders for International Yoga Day with Corel Draw - (CDR Version X3). Folder of Year 2016 is also attached herewith.
For any help, please contact BK Chunesh, Value Education Office at Shantivan.
Thanking you and with thoughts divine.
Executive Secretary, Brahma Kumaris
Mount Abu (Raj.)
International Day of Yoga 2017
16 May 2017
Greetings of peace. We are just about a month away from celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga. As in the past two years, we are sure that you are working closely with the Indian High Commissions, Embassies, and Consulates in your country.
At the UN headquarters in New York we have participated in the planning meetings hosted by the Ambassador of India to the UN, and their focus for this year is on health.
We, the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations, and the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN are hosting a program on June 22 titled Yoga: The Ultimate Connection. The highlight of this event is a conversation between Sister Shivani and a high level person in New York City, who has a daily practice of meditation.
Please find below a brief write-up on the topic, which you may find useful in organizing your local programs.
We would appreciate if you could post on the BKUN facebook page events you are planning for the International Day of Yoga as a build up to June 21, as well as posting the actual events on the day they happen.
If there is anything we can do to help support your local event, please do let us know.
In Baba’s yaad and seva
Gayatri, Julia, Sabita
BKUN team, New York
YOGA: THE ULTIMATE CONNECTION
• True connection matters
• Take time and truly connect with others
• Be aware of the life-giving opportunities for connection
• Love reverberates in the space between true connection
• Sharpening the skills for connection
People all over the world have discovered that the ancient practice of yoga is one of today’s most important tools to living a life with meaning.
• Yoga connects a person to the source of life and opens the heart and clears the mind.
• Yoga connects a person to their authentic self, awakening the conscience and harmonizing one’s spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, and action.
• Yoga provides one with the ability to tap into a space of greater creativity to receive inspiration and a sense of purpose.
• Yoga connects the hearts of people from all walks of life to each other through its unifying force and through the web of life.
There are many ways to experience how yoga joins people, communities, organizations, and institutions. When we come together, through these practices, we feel belonging, act collectively and transform our lives, our societies and our planet.
This alchemy, whether within the self or among people, is the essence of our sacred humanity and is the cause for celebration.