International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21st June since its inception in 2015.

An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly. The celebration, which started in the US, is now embraced worldwide. This year, hundreds of yoga enthusiasts have already gathered to flex their body at historic monuments of the US, kick-starting a host of events planned this week to mark the fourth anniversary of the International Day of Yoga.

With different events, gatherings and exciting happenings dropping all over, we thought we’d ask the yoga teachers in our community to tell us what yoga means to them.

Hannah Cluley

@hannahrosecluley

“For me, yoga has been so paramount in me discovering who I truly am. Yoga has enabled me to really trust my body, to get to know my body and to truly appreciate it in all its glory. Yoga has shown me parts of myself I didn’t even know I had and has honestly opened my eyes to a new world; the world looks the same as it did before, but the person viewing it has changed so much. It’s 0% to do with fancy or pretty postures, and 100% about connection, love and kindness to myself and to those around me.”

Lauren Barber

@laurenbarber.co

“It’s a never-ending journey, with each practice – whether that is on the mat or off the mat- I learn more and more about myself. What started as a physical practice to rehabilitate a back injury has evolved into the most crazily beautiful personal adventure. It’s empowering, yet humbling. Grounding yet magical. I have days when I love it, and days when it cracks me open in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable. Showing up to my first ever class was the greatest gift I ever gave to myself.”

Eleanor Coales

@enliveningelle

“Yoga is a tool or gift that provides whatever each practitioner needs. On a physical level, yoga gives my body space and strength, letting me move fully and naturally. Mentally, it forces me to slow down and, for the most part, tune my busy mind onto a two-meter long mat. Energetically, yoga gets me to really breathe deep and this is key for me, as with each breath I can feel layers of tension literally shedding from me. In short, it gives a way to navigate modern life in a healthier way. In teaching, I am able to pass on this tool to others who will find their own meaning and use for it.”