YSS

Eighth International Day of Yoga

Paramahansaji would be very pleased to learn that the world is now paying homage annually to the philosophy and science of Yoga, as his life was dedicated to introducing all truth seekers to the time-honoured techniques of yoga meditation. Directly or indirectly, much of the present world interest in yoga is a consequence of the teachings Paramahansa Yogananda took from India to America more than a hundred years ago. “If India’s idea of an International Yoga Day has found easy acceptance in the UN, much of the credit must go to Paramahansa Yogananda, India’s first yoga guru in the U.S.” reported an online news outlet. “He played a huge role in laying the foundation for yoga in the United States a century ago.”

In his highly acclaimed translation and commentary of the Bhagavad Gita (God Talks With Arjuna) Paramahansa Yogananda explains: “The word yoga signifies the perfect poise or mental evenness that is the result of communion of the mind with Spirit. Yoga indicates also the spiritual technique of meditation through which one attains union with Spirit. Furthermore, yoga signifies any act that leads to this divine union.”

About the Events

On the occasion of the eighth International Day of Yoga on 21st June, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) organized both in-person and online events to promote well-being of body, mind, and soul.

During these programmes, YSS sannyasis explained how to cultivate peace within ourselves through the practice of yoga-meditation. There was also a guided meditation session which included the practice of correct posture, preliminary breathing exercises, an affirmation, and a visualization.

Online Events

“Experience Peace Through Yoga-Meditation”

(includes a guided meditation session)

(in Hindi)


Saturday, June 18,
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (IST)

Programme Schedule

  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (IST) — Devotional chanting session by YSS monastics
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (IST) — Yoga-meditation session by Swami Ishwarananda Giri

Join this Event

On Saturday, June 18, YSS sannyasi Swami Ishwarananda Giri conducted a session on yoga-meditation in Hindi. During this online programme, an introduction to Paramahansa Yogananda and his work was presented. Swamiji explained how to cultivate peace within ourselves by the practice of yoga-meditation, and then conducted a guided meditation session which included the practice of the correct posture, preliminary breathing exercises, an affirmation, and a visualization.

 

This programme was live-streamed from YSS Ranchi Ashram.

“Experience Peace Through Yoga-Meditation”

(includes a guided meditation session)

(in English)


Sunday, June 19,
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (IST)

Programme Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (IST) — Devotional chanting session by YSS monastics
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (IST) — Yoga-meditation session by Swami Achyutananda Giri

Join this Event

On Sunday, June 19, YSS sannyasi Swami Achyutananda Giri conducted a session on yoga-meditation in English. During this online programme,  an introduction to Paramahansa Yogananda and his work was presented. Swamiji explained how to cultivate peace within ourselves by the practice of yoga-meditation, and then conducted a guided meditation session which included the practice of the correct posture, preliminary breathing exercises, an affirmation, and a visualization.

 

This programme was live-streamed from YSS Dakshineshwar Ashram.

In-person Events

YSS kendras and mandalis also conducted special in-person events to mark the International Day of Yoga. For information regarding schedule, venue, and other related information, please click on the button given below.

About Paramahansa Yogananda

Founder Paramahansa YoganandaParamahansa Yogananda has profoundly impacted the lives of millions with his comprehensive teachings. Widely regarded as the “Father of Yoga in the West,” Paramahansaji was the first to make available globally teachings that contain a system of scientific pranayama (life force control) techniques. Yoga’s ultimate goal is the realization of oneself as an omniscient, omnipresent soul. Yoganandaji’s programme — detailed in the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons — provides a pragmatic approach to this underlying basis of religion. And it is a system that continues to appeal to ever-greater numbers of people: those interested not only in the physical benefits of Hatha Yoga, but also those interested in developing their mental abilities and, most of all, their spiritual selves. 

His teachings and the meditation techniques he taught are available today through:

  • Yogoda Satsanga Lessons, a comprehensive home-study series originated by Yoganandaji himself. Also available in a digital App
  • Books, recordings, and other publications from YSS, the organization he founded to disseminate his teachings worldwide
  • Tours conducted by sannyasis of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India across the country where they explain the scientific yoga techniques of energization, concentration, and meditation
  • Conducted Retreats by sannyasis
  • Online Sadhana Sangams
  • Programmes on meditation and spiritual living for children

What Others Have Said

About Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

Main Building of Ranchi AshramFor the last 100 years, Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, widely revered as the father of Yoga in the West.

Paramahansa Yogananda founded Yogoda Satsanga Society in 1917 to make available the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India. These nonsectarian teachings embody a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and well-being, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal — union of the soul with Spirit (God).

In his highly acclaimed translation and commentary of the Bhagavad Gita (God Talks With Arjuna) Paramahansa Yogananda, explains: “The word yoga signifies the perfect poise or mental evenness that is the result of communion of the mind with Spirit. Yoga indicates also the spiritual technique of meditation through which one attains union with Spirit. Yoga signifies, further, any act that leads to this divine union.”