International Yoga Day is now in its fourth year (Picture: Getty)Today is a good day: not only is it the summer solstice, it’s also International Yoga Day, which is celebrated by thousands of people around the world.
Find out how you can celebrate the day and how to get started with some easy yoga poses if you’re a beginner .
What is International Yoga Day?
International Yoga Day is now in its fifth year after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) announced its inception in 2015.
The date was suggested by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address, owing to it being the longest day of the year.
How do people celebrate International Yoga Day?
Thousands of people across India celebrated today through an array of events, including a main event held in Ranchi which was attended by over 40,000 people.
There’s lots of events happening this weekend across the country, including free workshops and exclusive classes held by clothing store Sweaty Betty.
A yoga session today in Allahabad (Picture: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)Check out Eventbrite to see what events are happening near you.
If you’re not able to attend an event, you can always roll out your mat and attempt some yoga at home. More on that below…
What easy yoga poses can I try out for International Yoga Day?
There are lots of yoga poses for beginners you can try out at home:
Downward dog: Get on your hands and knees and set your knees directly below your hip. Exhale to lift your tailbone up and back and ensure you keep a slight bend in the knees. Send your heels towards the mat, allow your head to be heavy and send your palms into the mat. Breathe deeply into the back-line.
The downward dog is an easy pose for beginners (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Child’s pose: Kneel on the floor and align your big toes together. Sit back towards your heels then separate your knees about as wide as your hips, allowing your tailbone to drop down towards to the mat. Let your forehead rest on the mat and breathe deeply into your back.
Child’s pose can be a nice if you need a quick break during your practice (Picture: Getty)Cat/cow: This is a gentle pose which helps prepare the body for other poses. Start by lifting your tailbone before taking your gaze along the floor to find a gentle back-bend and then curve through the back. Allow your head to be heavy and release the crown of your head toward the floor. Send the floor away through the hands and shins.
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