Message from Geeta Iyengar:
“We are all yoga sādhakās and sādhanā is our very breath, our prāna. The United Nations has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day, which will be celebrated all over the world. For us every day is yoga day. However to respect this special day [the concept of which was suggested by Guruji] in a talk in Bangalore sometime in 2011- 2012, to respect Guruji, we have thought of a special practice programme for this day. Many students from across the world approached me if they could have a special sequence of practice for this day… the (summer) solstice.”
Summer Solstice: June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.
Guru Purnima: In India, the first full moon after the Summer Solstice is known as Guru Purnima where the Guru or teacher is honored. According to yoga lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva (the first Guru) is said to have begun on this day.