International Yoga Day

4th International Day of Yoga, June 21, 2018

What should be the purpose of International Yoga Day? To honor the true aspirations of this ancient spiritual science, the goal is to inspire people to accept and live yoga as a culture and way of life, not just as a physical gymnastics. When yoga becomes a lifestyle, then it also improves the health and endurance of the body, develops mental clarity and creative potential. We live in a state of tranquility and sense of completeness in life.
That is why, on this International Yoga Day, every yoga practitioner and sadhaka will make the sankalpa - a solution, to implement in his life, in his daily yoga practices, and to live yoga principles so that we can begin a healthier -bright, peaceful future for mankind.

"Yoga belongs to mankind since ancient times. This is the most valuable treasure possessed by people. The human being is composed of body, mind and soul. To master our bodies, to guide our minds, to discover the great mysteries of the soul and to achieve a balance between physical, mental and spiritual -  that is yoga."Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, presents Yoga for developing inner awareness and potential

On the occasion of the fourth International Day of Yoga we offer our good wishes to all sincere seekers and aspirants of yoga. It is a day to honour the ancient yoga vidya, a science of spiritual evolution perfected and handed down by the seers and sages of humanity through all times.

The science of mantra is an important component of yoga, which according to Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, “is an incomparable gift by the Indian seers to the world, for in no other culture will you find such an elaborate system of mantras. They are the medium through which, by understanding the connection of one’s life with Nature and the Supreme Reality, one can act in accordance with Nature and make the effort towards selfevolution and self-realization.”

“Mantra is defined as mananat trayate iti mantrah – as the power, force or energy through which one is able to liberate the mind from its obsessions. Many people see mantras as religious words or try to understand their literal meaning, but in essence the mantra is a sound vibration, and in mantra yoga one needs to identify with the vibration as much as possible. It is for this reason that mantras are always repeated, not just chanted once. When the mantra is sustained for a period of time, and you merge your consciousness in the feeling, chanting and articulation of the mantra, and begin to identify with the vibrations that you are creating while chanting the mantra, then you begin to experience what is called mantra meditative awareness, and attaining this awareness should be the aim of sincere yoga aspirants.” This year’s program has been designed keeping this theme in mind. A conscious and sincere effort to integrate mantras into one’s yoga sadhana and lifestyle will transform the state of one’s own mind and unlock its dormant potential.


Your Program for the International Day of Yoga 2018

From 6 am to 7.30 am, people will gather on the rooftops, verandahs, courtyards and other open spaces of their homes and community centres and do the following practices:

1. Kaya sthairyam with a focus on experiencing balance and harmony in body and mind


2.Shanti mantras:
Aum saha nau vavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viiryam kara vaavahai tejasvi nau adhiitam astu maa vidvis saavahai Aum shanti shanti shanti

3.Mahamrityunjaya mantra with sankalpa for healing, energy, power, immunity and strength (11 rounds):
Aum tryam bhakam yajamahe
sugandhim pushti vardhanam
urva rukamiva bandhanat
mrityor mukshiya maamritat

4.Gayatri mantrawith sankalpa for wisdom, inner clarity, intuitive knowledge and learning (11 rounds):
Aum bhur bhuvah swaha
tat satitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayath

5.32 names of Durga with sankalpa for vercoming distress in life; experiencing peace and harmony (3 rounds):gaartishamanii Durgaapadvinivaarinii lDurgamchchhedinii Durgsaadhinii Durgnaashinii llDurgtoddhaarinii Durgnihantri Durgmaapahaa l
Durgamgyaanadaa Durgdaityalokdavaanalaa ll
Durgmaa Durgmaaloka Durgmaatmsvaruupinii l
Durgmaargpradaa Durgamvidya Durgmaashritaa ll
Durgmgyaansansthaanaa Durgamdhyaanbhaasinii l
Durgmohaa Durgmagaa Durgmaarthsvaruupinii ll
Durgmaasursamhantrii Durgmaayudhdhaarinii l
Durgmaangii Durgmataa Durgmyaa Durgmeshvarii ll
Durgbhiimaa Durgbhaamaa Durgbhaa Durgdaarinii l


6.Tadasana (9 rounds)*

7. Tiryak tadasana (9 rounds)

8. Kati chakrasana (9 rounds)

9. Shavasana**

10. Pada sanchalanasana, stage 2 (9 rounds)

11. Naukasana (9 rounds)

12. Chakki chalanasana (9 rounds)

13. Vayu nishkasanasana (9 rounds)

14. Vajrasana (with abdominal breath awareness, 1–2 minutes)

15. Marjari asana (9 rounds)

These asanas comprise a short and easy-to-practise capsule for toning the entire digestive system.


16.Sheetali/sheetkari pranayama (10 rounds)17. Nadi shodhana pranayama 1:1 (10 rounds)18. Bhramari pranayama (10 rounds)


For a few minutes each, contemplate on and develop the yama of manahprasad, or happiness, and the niyama of japa.

19.Manahprasad:This yama was introduced on IYD 2016. To what extent have you been able to practise this and what have been the effects? Observe your mental states over the last few days and identify moments when you were truly happy. Connect with the energy and positivity of those moments and try to bring yourself into that state now. Strive to increase the duration of this state each day. If you are still in a state of unhappiness, try to find its underlying cause. Identify the negative, limiting quality in yourself that it reflects. Next, focus on the opposite positive and uplifting quality and try to strengthen it to become happy.

20. Japa: We are connected with the senses and sense objects all the time. Japa becomes a method to disconnect the mind for a little while and connect with something different. The connection between your mind and the senses and sense objects is broken. In that break you direct your attention and awareness towards discovering your inner nature, and that is where you find peace. With this aim in mind, practise Om chanting for 5 minutes remaining fully focused on the sound of the mantra. Also make a resolve to practise mental japa of Om or your guru mantra whenever possible during the day.


21.Ajapa japa (So Ham awareness in frontal passage, 5 minutes)22. Yoga nap (basic yoga nidra with stages 3 & 4, 10 minutes)23. Chanting of the yogic prayer:

Asato maa sad gamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritam gamaya
Sarveshaam svastirbhavatu
Sarveshaam shantirbhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
Loka samastaa sukhino bhavantu
Om shantih, shantih, shantih

This final prayer is a resolution and contains the essence of yogic teachings. It represents the personal aim of attaining harmony, equilibrium and balance in one’s own life and the social aim to reach out to everyone with a wish for their wellbeing

* In the dynamic practices, awareness should be directed to the physical movement in the first 3 rounds, breath and pranic awareness in the next 3 rounds and mental visualization in the last 3 rounds.** Shavasana may be practised as per the need of the groupAll sincere yoga aspirants are advised to follow the above practices for one year, and then reflect on their success and the changes experienced in the quality of life. We hope and pray that the inspiration of yoga remains with you and in turn, you are able to assist others on the path of yoga and yogic living

Hari Om Tat Sat
Swami Sivadhyanam

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