International Yoga Day -2016 : How are you Celebrating?

World is gearing up for the second International yoga day 2016. June 21 is knocking at the door. Throughout the world huge number of schools are taking part in the Yoga celebration.

In the US, thousands of yoga lovers are expected to take part in a mass yoga program at Times Square, New York. Indian Consulates in New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco have joined hands with local community organisations to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, A special celebration will also be held at the Kresge Auditorium of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.

The city of London will mark the International Day of Yoga on June 21 with a series of events near the iconic Tower Bridge and on the river Thames over the next few days. Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, other Bollywood stars are in the yoga news.

Around 30,000 participants are expected to take part in Chandigarh.

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7 Top Teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar

b.k.s. iyengar picture quoteIn the sky of yoga B. K. S. Iyengar is like a Sun. In the last few centuries no one has contributed so much for yoga than B. K. S. Iyengar. He brought yoga from the forest of philosophy to the drawing room. Yoga is no more abstract philosophical discussion of lazy moments. It is a hard workout with sweating.  Today, yoga is no more a philosophy; it is a hard core science. Yoga is used today as medicine. B. K. S. Iyengar purified this ancient science and made it useful for the modern world. He emphasized the importance of physical well-being for spiritual development.

 He spread the interest of yoga in the west over half-century. Here is seven inspirations from the fundamentals of his teachings.

  1. “Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed. To a yogi, freedom implies not being battered by the dualities of life.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar
  2. “It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”  ― B.K.S. Iyengar
  3. “Asanas maintain the strength and health of the body, without which little progress can be made. Asanas keep the body in harmony with nature.”  ― B.K.S. Iyengar
  4. Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”  ― B.K.S. Iyengar
  5. “We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. When two parties do not cooperate, there is unhappiness on both sides.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar
  6. “The physical body is not only a temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar
  7. “We are a little piece of continual change, looking at an infinite quantity of continual change.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar

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Top Ten Selected Yoga Quotes of Amit Ray

We all know yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress. Yoga aims to build a well-balanced lifestyle. Yoga engages the mind with the body. Yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. Benefits of stretching your muscles are equally important to a busy mum or a stressed-out executive. Researchers observed that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. Yoga is ideal for all ages and stages.

Here, ten top yoga quotes on life, practice, and the path to turn the moments for renewed yoga interest. Find inspiration and wisdom by enjoying my favorite yogic quotes.

Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul. — Amit Ray
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Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul. — Amit Ray

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Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements. — Amit Ray
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Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. — Amit Ray

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Yoga is bringing fitness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life. — Amit Ray

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Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. — Amit Ray

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Your thoughts are your message to the world. Just as the rays are the messages of the Sun. — Amit Ray

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There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion. — Amit Ray

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Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. — Amit Ray

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Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind. — Amit Ray
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25 Inspirational Yoga Quotes

Here is the list of twenty five yoga quotes.  

Yoga is bringing fitness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life. — Amit Ray

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Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within. — B.K.S. Iyengar
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The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. — B.K.S Iyengar
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In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. — Deepak Chopra
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Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness. — Indra Devi
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Yoga teaches you to stretch and stand up – stand up for yourself and for others. — Amit Ray
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Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God. — Paramahansa Yogananda
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Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. — Ramana Maharshi
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In asana practice we learn to cherish each breath, to cherish every cell in our bodies. The time we spend on the mat is love in action. — Rolf Gates
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The practice of ‘asanas’ and ‘pranayama’ wards off disease and helps to maintain alertness. — Swami Sivananda
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