The INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA was born in 2015 – and this year, on 21st June – as it is the Summer solstice – the Anand Ashram Foundation (affiliated with the United Nations) has celebrated it again in UBUD.
When I arrived, the huge Banjar pavilion in Jl Sri Wedari was full to bursting with participants from all walks of life, mixing Balinese from Kuta, Singaraja, Tabanan and foreigners even from China and France ! Yoga brings a holistic understanding of life, a philosophy that covers all aspects in its interconnections – and this is what was present in the assembly here. About 80 foreigners attended, 170 locals, more than 60 volunteers and 70 youths from primary schools.
We had hatha yoga, meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) set with mindful affirmations, guided by a teacher on stage. Then at the Ashram itself there was a program with Kirtan (mantra chanting) and Satsang (discourse).
The whole commemoration was filled with simplicity and kindness, great essential qualities indeed. Contribution was set at 200K for the whole celebration, including a book and a meal: amazing !
Please visit the ANAND KRISHNA Ashram and check its daily programs Jl Sri Wedari Ubud Tel WA +62 817-743-769 +62 822 3709-4865 info@UbudAshram.org
reported by Marie Bee – French Journalist stays in Ubud.
Yoga YES! Yes to the HOLISTIC Yoga Commemoration of the Fourth International Day of Yoga Yoga for Peace, Love and Harmony Promoting Health and Happiness at One Earth Retreat Centre, Ciawi, Bogor, Indonesia on April 28, 2018
As part of the 4th International Day of Yoga celebration, Anand Ashram Foundation supported by the Embassy of India Jakarta and Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre (JNICC), is organizing a series of pre-events in Ciawi, Yogyakarta and Ubud (Bali).
The main theme of the event, said Mr Makrand Shukla, Director of JNICC on behalf of Indian Embassy in Jakarta, is “Ten Cities, Ten Days, Bringing Together Twenty Thousand Yoga Lovers, Promoting Health and Happiness through Yoga.”
Joehanes Budiman, Executive Director of Anand Ashram Foundation added, “It is an honor that second pre-event, as the curtain raiser, is being held today on April 28 in our One Earth Retreat Centre in Ciawi.”
The next pre-event, also supported by the Yogyakarta City Government, will be held at the City Hall Complex Yogya on May 5, 2018. And, the grand finale of the series will be held at Anand Ashram Ubud – Bali on June 16, 2018.
The event in One Earth Retreat Centre was attended by more than 250 enthusiastic participants from all walks of life, including the Yoga communities from Jakarta, Bogor, Ciawi, Sentul and Lampung.
Renowned Spiritual Humanist and author of more than 170 books to date, Anand Krishna, founder of Anand Ashram spoke on Yoga as a Holistic Life Style. “Not only a set of physical exercises, yoga also includes meditation for mental peace, healthy diet and lifestyle, sharpening of the intelligence and selfless service for the betterment of society,”
A message from the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendera Modi was read out, in which he emphasizing on the benefits of yoga if practised as a lifestyle.
After the mass yoga session in compliance with the Universal Yoga Protocol, and a meditation session for relaxation and emotion culturing, the event in Ciawi was closed with a cultural presentation, celebrating the most ancient and still thriving Sunda Sindhu Saraswati Civilisation
For Information: Joehanes Budiman (+62 811 14 4959)