International Day of Yoga 2023.
International Day of Yoga, celebrated on June 21, aims to promote peace, harmony between humans and nature, holistic approaches to health, and healthy lifestyles. This day is celebrated in Serbia, as well as in over 170 countries worldwide.
The International Day of Yoga was established on the initiative of the Republic of India and approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. The resolution was supported by 193 UN member states, with 177 countries co-sponsoring its text, including the Republic of Serbia.
Through the resolution, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the importance of yoga as a holistic approach to health and the need to inform the public about its benefits and advantages for improving the health of the global population. Yoga brings harmony to all aspects of life and is known to have a positive impact on disease prevention, health promotion, and addressing many disorders resulting from modern lifestyles.
Yoga is an invaluable gift that comes from ancient Indian tradition. It represents the unity of mind and body, thoughts and actions, restraint and fulfillment. Yoga symbolizes the harmony between humans and nature, as well as a holistic approach to health and its benefits for humans. The essence of yoga lies not only in physical exercises but also in finding harmony with oneself, our environment, and nature. By changing our way of life and gaining awareness, yoga can help us deal with life’s problems and strengthen our connection with people.
The International Day of Yoga provides an opportunity for people around the world to engage in this ancient teaching, recognizing its value and contribution to the overall well-being of humanity. This important event inspires us to strive for harmony, peace, and a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve a balance between the body, mind, and spirit.
The focus of this year’s “Days of Yoga” event is on the parent-child relationship and raising awareness of healthy lifestyles. The public class was dedicated to practicing yoga together with parents and children, where parents played the role of assistants and served as an example to their children.
The aim of this event is to inspire and motivate both parents and children, encouraging parents to engage in physical activities, practice proper body posture, breathing techniques, motor skills exercises, and body shaping, all through play and quality time spent together.
This special initiative emphasizes the importance of a healthy relationship between parents and children in order to promote the growth and development of children at a physical, mental, and emotional level. Parents actively participated in the exercises, providing support and inspiration to their children.
Through these activities, the “Days of Yoga” event aims to create an environment in which parents and children can explore the world of yoga together, building a strong bond and trust between them.
Through play and fun, parents have the opportunity to show their children how important it is to take care of their bodies and minds through regular exercise and healthy habits.
This event provides a unique opportunity for parents and children to connect on a deeper level and discover the benefits of yoga together. Through these activities, families had the opportunity to enjoy physical exercises, strengthen their bodies and minds, develop flexibility and balance, and create unforgettable moments of shared practice and play.
“Days of Yoga” encourage parents to be active participants in maintaining healthy lifestyles and to become role models for their children. Through the valuable lessons that yoga brings, parents will be able to impart important values about health and well-being to their children, laying the foundation for a healthy future for the whole family.
The class was led by Željka Zdravković, a yoga instructor (with expertise in various yoga styles), hypnotherapist, and doula. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare management and contributes to scientific research in the field of innovative healthcare models for pregnant women and mothers at the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Her professional and personal path is dedicated to helping and supporting women, motherhood, and children in creating healthy and conscious individuals.
You can find more information about her work as an instructor HERE.
We received great support in organizing this event from the Cultural Center Bor, Youth Center Bor, Youth Office Bor, Preschool Institution Bambi, Parents’ Association Bebironče, Sports Association Bor, Sports Center Bor, RTV Bor, Portal Bor030, Photographer Milenko Ranđić, and, of course, the Embassy of India, which, as every year, participated in providing t-shirts for the participants.