Squamish will be part of the inaugural International Day of Yoga on the Summer Solstice at Stan Clarke Park from 9 to 11 am. The event will be organised by the Chopra Wellness and Addiction Centre.
There is no charge to the public to attend the presentations on yoga and to participate in a community yoga session presented by the International Day of Yoga, Vancouver Committee and supported by the Consulate General of India.
Attendees, however, are required to register online at www.uniydcanada.com/vancouver_
Six months ago, December 11, 2014, the United Nations acclaimed June 21 to be the International Day of Yoga in response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 when he appealed to the delegates for support.
Yoga has evolved over 5,000 years from a metaphysical philosophy to a mainstream meditative and physical source of spiritual calm and a means to disconnect from modern society and reconnect with nature and the environment, said Mischell Poitras of the Chopra addiction centre.
It is estimated that around 1.5 million Canadians practice yoga, she said, adding that the West Coast is home to some of Canada’s largest and most advanced yoga studios and many consider the West Coast to be the heartland of yoga in Canada.