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International Day of Yoga lands on June 21, which coincides with the first official day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Today, we’re highlighting people from around the world who are incorporating yoga into their lives. Keep reading to see yogis on each continent (and yes—we even got Antarctica, too!)
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1. Nansera Cissy, Ntenjeru (Uganda, Africa)
“Please take a moment everyday to remind yourself that you’re enough. Personally, I do so through a 10 minute meditation every morning and it works for me. It’s important to have this kind of approval from within before you go out to meet the world for it can sometimes be falsely unaccepting and cruel to your different.”
2. Jean Laval, Paris (France, Europe)
Translated: “Kundalini yoga has completely changed my life—I have much more energy, much more clarity of mind, and I’m much more joyful since I’ve been practicing this yoga.”
3. Sugichan, Tokyo (Japan, Asia)
Translated: “After yoga, I felt the sound of water, the light of the sun, the green of the leaf, and felt my soul and body become one.”
4. Kamala Mathis and Siri Khalsa, Los Angeles (United States, North America)
12 Steps to a Super Better YOU
2. Say exactly what you mean.
3. Don’t be a people pleaser.
4. Meditate and move your body everyday.
5. Trust your intuition.
6. Never speak badly about yourself or others.
7. Never give up on your dreams.
8. Don’t be afraid to say NO.
9. Don’t be afraid to say Yes.
10. Be KIND to yourself and others.
11. Feed yourself with LOVE.
12. Let go of what you can’t control.”-Kamala
5. Guadalajara Jalisco (Mexico, South America)
Translated: “I started practicing at 45, I wish I would have known before the benefits of yoga, but better late than never. I find it the perfect practice for a better quality of life.”
6. Wayne Tompkins Sydney, NSW (Australia)
“My traditional Wiradjuri country is in SE NSW. But I grew up in Sydney and NSW country towns.
I never got to know my tribal land, language, law, culture, dance or song. These were taken from us by a long time ago.
Yoga has become my new culture, my new song and dance, my new corroboree.
I started doing yoga five years ago. Yoga has changed my life. It has become my new way of living. Yoga is my well being: my physical, mental and spiritual strength and truth.
Yoga has energised me, and made me flexible, physical and active again. It has given me more confidence, self-esteem and control in my life. It has connected me to myself and to my spirituality.”- via eveyoga.com
7. Elly MacDonald Danco Island (Antarctica)
“Life can be rich with experience if you allow it. Combining adventure with yoga, mindfulness and meditation can help forge a deeper sense of meaning — and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”- via The Fitness Republic