Last night a magical strawberry moon floated up in our surprisingly clear skies here in the UK to coincide with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
June 21st, the summer solstice when the sun is at its zenith has been celebrated by all ancient religions and cultures since the beginning of time as the day of light. Even today the sun remains at the centre of almost all spiritual practice and that is because the journey of sun through the sky signifies our own spiritual journey.
So in 2015 when the UN declared June 21st as International Yoga Day it seemed fitting. For the second year running I am excited by the interest it has generated not just among the seasoned yogis but aspirants around the world to have turned to yoga in search of a more wholesome life.
A significant quest in our times when it seems our collective race to the top has become more like a race to the bottom.
Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru says, ‘International Yoga Day is being celebrated at a crucial time. The yogic science is of utmost significance now, like never before. Today we have tremendous tools of science and technology, enough to make or break the world. It is very important that we have an inner sense and awareness of life, that we experience every other being as a part of ourselves. Otherwise, our pursuit of wellbeing will destroy all.
(- See more at: http://www.sadhguruonline.com/blog/sadhgurus-message-for-international-day-of-yoga)
Yoga is more than just a form exercise, it is a union of our inner and outer selves which are interconnected with everyone and everything else in the universe. To find that oneness is to find our place in this world.
Like for so many others yoga has time and again shown me the way to a healthier, more centred and connected self.
May you find the same.