Curtain-raiser to the First International Day of Yoga  . 

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Monday May 11, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM EDT
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Relevance of Yoga in Modern Life
- Talk by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

International Day of Yoga
On Dec 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. Addressing the UN General Assembly on Sep 27, 2014, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." On Dec 11, India introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States, including USA, and the draft text was adopted without a vote.  Hence, June 21, 2015 is the first International Day of Yoga. Government of India is planning to celebrate IDY 2015 in all the countries around the world. Embassy of India is planning to organize a series of events culminating on June 21, 2015 to celebrate the IDY.  This Talk by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is a curtain-raiser event to our celebrations.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs. Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, and acts as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers methods for self-transformation.

An author, poet and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, the UK House of Lords among many others.  Sadhguru established Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by over three million volunteers worldwide. From powerful yoga programs to large-scale humanitarian projects for rural upliftment, education for the underprivileged, environmental restoration, as well as holistic and healthy living, the foundation's activities are designed to create an inclusive culture and establish global harmony.

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