Since 2015, June 21st has come to be known as “International Yoga Day.” After suggesting that this day be honored in the yoga community, and also for the special significance it holds around the world as the longest day of the year, the prime minister of India noted that “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.”
Yoga is an ancient discipline that helps millions of people around the world live healthier and happier lives. Yoga includes physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation. The 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that the number of US yoga practitioners has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012. With yoga’s surge in popularity in recent years, there are now numerous types of yoga classes available, from relaxing restorative and yin yoga, to the more active vinyasa flow or hot yoga. What is great about yoga is that there are classes for people of all skill levels, and even the best are always still learning and improving.
Naturopathic medicine offers a holistic approach to healing, and yoga is a part of that mind-body-spirit approach for many students and patients at SCNM. The SCNM Community Commons building includes a yoga studio where students can take a break from studying to relax and rejuvenate. With a variety of classes offered almost every weekday, students have the opportunity to truly live the naturopathic lifestyle, calm their minds, and invigorate their bodies. SCNM also offers yoga classes to the public through our Thrive community programming.
Namaste, and happy International Yoga Day!