International Day of Yoga

United Nations has declared 21st June to be the International Day of Yoga

The first annual International Day of Yoga was a huge success in raising awareness of Yoga. Illuminated Health took part and helped organise an event in Harrow to celebrate the day in 2015. We look forward to hosting future events. If you would like to be a part of International Day of Yoga 2016 or would like Illuminated Health to be a part of your event, please do get in touch with us by email: or by phone +44 1895 347757


Here is a brief description of our successful event in Harrow, UK.

The teachers and participants at International Day of Yoga in Harrow, UK

The teachers and participants at International Day of Yoga in Harrow, UK

This past Sunday was the first annual International Day of Yoga and thousands of people participated around the world to raise awareness of the practice of yoga. Back in December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. This declaration came after the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, addressed the UN General Assembly in September 2014 wherein he stated;

“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; 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 nature.”

In the spirit of raising awareness of yoga, five local yoga teachers, Neesha Radia, Varsha Khatri, Karupa Patel, Jaina Mistry-Patel, and Anjna Vekaria came together to teach a Classical Yoga Workshop in Harrow. The workshop was sold out and they raised £801 in support for two local charities, the Michael Green Foundation and St. Luke’s Hospice. Each charity will receive £400.50 in donations. 

The guest speakers included Mr Ashish Sharma (First Secretary of the Indian High Commission) who spoke about the importance of having the day of yoga recognised around the world. Catherine Baldwin and Chris Hill, from The Michael Green Foundation also came along to support the event. Catherine, as a trustee, shared the mission and vision of the Michael Green Foundation. Chris, as the ambassador of the Eat Fit programme, shared how the Michael Green Foundation has supported him with his diabetes, nutrition, and lifestyle to live a healthier life.

The workshop started beautifully with Neesha Radia who created the intention for the practice and taught Sun Salutations. The next part of the workshop included an Asana (posture) practice with Varsha Khatri, who taught the students to connect their breath with each posture. Next was Karupa Patel who taught the students the importance of the life force, the breath, through breathing exercises. Next came a wonderful meditation using the sound of Aum with Jaina Mistry-Patel. Lastly was the relaxation with Anjna Vekaria which allowed the students to be at one with their experiences through the workshop. 

On behalf of the IDY Harrow team, we would like to thank the charities for their support for our event.

The teachers who ran the Classical Yoga Workshop on International Day of Yoga in Harrow

The teachers who ran the Classical Yoga Workshop on International Day of Yoga in Harrow. Pictured from Left to Right: Varsha Khatri, Karupa Patel, Anjna Vekaria, Neesha Radia, and Jaina Mistry-Patel.


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