International Day of Yoga 2017: a round up of some of the events taking place
Celebrated on June 21, International Yoga Day 2017 has a range of events taking place across the globe. (alvarez/Istock.com)
Published Sunday, June 18, 2017 9:32AM EDT
In 2014 the UN declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the day to be adopted as a global celebration of yoga, which began in India more than 5,000 years ago as a mental, physical and spiritual practice.
Today it is practiced across the world and in various forms, with The International Day of Yoga aiming to raise further awareness of its many health benefits.
This year's theme, 'Yoga for Health,' hopes to highlight yoga's holistic approach to both physical and mental well-being and its ability to create a balance between body and mind.
For those who want to get involved, a range of sessions are taking place across the world open to every level and everybody. Here we have rounded up some of events taking place so everyone can take a moment of calm and peace thanks to yoga.
Considered the yoga capital of the world, Mysuru will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga in a fittingly high-profile way, by attempting to create a new Guinness Record for the largest number of people taking part in a yoga class.
The city is aiming to bring together 50,000 yogis on the day to break the record set in New Delhi on the International Day of Yoga 2015 when 35,895 yogis participated.
Mysuru is also attempting to break a second record of the largest yoga chain, hoping that 5,001 participants will overtake the record set in 2014 when a chain was formed with 3,849 yoga performers.
New Yorkers who want to find some inner peace in the city can head to Times Square for a free yoga class on this year's International Day of Yoga, Wednesday, June 21, which will also celebrate the Summer Solstice.
The event is in partnership with the UN with classes taking place all day on the longest day of the year. Registration is open now and anyone wanting to make a donation to the class is welcome to, with all proceeds to be given to charity.
Aiming to set a country record, Malaysia will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga by attempting to hold its largest ever yoga session in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, with 10,000 participants.
Held after the day itself, on July 2, if successful the event will make it into the Malaysia Guinness Book of Records, and will beat the current record of 5,000 participants set at the 2016 event.
Singapore will host its first International Day of Yoga this year, with around 50 events happening across the country, and all free of charge. And even better, the events are not limited to one day only, taking place from June 17 - 25 and at locations as diverse as Changi Airport, ION Orchard Mall, schools and universities.
A full list of events can be found online.
Fitness giant and yogi favorite Lululemon will be offering four free yoga classes on the day at their Scarborough Town Centre location in Toronto. The range of classes include Metabolic Fire Starter, Freedom Flow, Slow Flow, and Aromatherapy Yoga, ensuring that there is something for every yogi, with tea also provided from DAVIDsTEA.
Canada also celebrates its own International Yoga Day Canada on June 25 with even more events and opportunities to get involved later in the week.