Seventh 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. Yoga signifies, further, any act that leads to this divine union.”

About the Events

  • Saturday, 19th June
  • Sunday, 20th June
  • Monday, 21st June

“Introductory Session on Yoga-Meditation”

by Swami Smaranananda Giri

(in English)

Saturday, 19th June, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, June 19, we invite you to join a session on yoga-meditation by a YSS sannyasi in English. Beginning with an introduction to Paramahansa Yoganandaji and his work, the sannyasi will explain the different components of yoga-meditation. He will then conduct a guided meditation including practice of the correct posture, preliminary breathing exercises, an affirmation, and a visualization.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family who may be interested in learning how to meditate.

“Introductory Session on Yoga-Meditation”

by Swami Ishwarananda Giri

(in Hindi)

Sunday, 20th June, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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As the world marks the 7th International Day of Yoga on June 21 this year, Yoganandaji’s pivotal role in the spread of yoga worldwide will be commemorated by YSS with special online programmes in English and Hindi. These online offerings from YSS are specially designed for beginners on the path of yoga-meditation. Further, during these challenging times, YSS would like to promote the well-being of the body, mind, and soul of all who are in need through the knowledge of Yoga, imparted during these sessions.

On Sunday, June 20, we invite you to join a session on yoga-meditation by a YSS sannyasi in Hindi. Beginning with an introduction to Paramahansa Yoganandaji and his work, the sannyasi will explain the different components of yoga-meditation. He will then conduct a guided meditation including practice of the correct posture, preliminary breathing exercises, an affirmation, and a visualization.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family who may be interested in learning how to meditate.

“Yoga is for All”

by Swami Chaitanyananda Giri

(in English)

Monday, 21st June, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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In view of our beloved Guru Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s pivotal role in the spread of yoga worldwide, we are organizing a public talk by a YSS sannyasi to commemorate the International Day of Yoga. This talk on the theme “Yoga is for All” will be held online on Monday, June 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (IST), in English.

We invite you with your family and friends to attend this public talk.


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About Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa 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

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About Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

For 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).

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Join Upcoming International Day of Yoga online events 

“Introductory Session on Yoga-Meditation” 
Saturday, 19th June (in English)

“Introductory Session on Yoga-Meditation”   
Sunday, 20th June (in Hindi)

“Yoga is for All” 
Monday, 21st June  (in English)