World Yoga Day - Barre Fitness
LIFESTYLE
CELEBRATING YOGA ACROSS THE GLOBE

By HOLLY

At Barrecore, we combine barre exercises with yoga, ballet and pilates inspired movements. Using isometric and eccentric contractions, we create long, lean muscles and results that last.

Yoga’s health benefits have been known and celebrated across the globe for many years. It is known to improve flexibility, posture, muscle strength, blood flow, immunity, sleep, and focus, and this list is by no means exhaustive.

There are two days a year in which we take time out to celebrate yoga Worldwide, the 22nd February, otherwise known as World Yoga Day, and the 21st June, known as International Yoga Day.

What’s the difference between the two?

World Yoga Day

World Yoga Day was started many years ago by Samira Radsi, a yoga teacher living in Berlin. The aim is to help victims of human rights violations through the power and unity of yoga.

The concept is very simple: yoga teachers, yoga schools and yogis around the World donate a small part of their time, space and money to human rights causes. Each participating person, school or company organises a two hour yoga session during which all of the participants devote all of their thoughts and energy to people who have suffered human right violations in the hope that it will help those people feel stronger and more positive.

Participants may also donate money which is then collected and passed onto charities helping the victims. One important aspect of the two hour yoga session is that it must take place between 11am to 1pm local time, so that the result will be a 24-hour yoga marathon across the globe.

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day falls on the 21st June, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, although it is often celebrated on the surrounding days.

In 2014, The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, asked members of the United Nations to adopt an International Yoga Day in order to help improve global health, wellbeing, sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

Modi addressed the United Nations with;

"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; an 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 in wellbeing. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."

The proposition was accepted and our first International Yoga Day was held in 2015.

What can you do to get involved this Thursday?

This Thursday is World Yoga Day. All you need to do is simply participate either on your own or with an organised group and commit that time to think about those suffering from violence or injustice.

Our ASANA class combines elements of Vinyasa yoga with classic Barrecore moves, so why not come along and give it a try. This Thursday we have Asana classes at our Chelsea and Wandsworth Studios.


Photo creds: Jacopo Landi

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