The International Day of Yoga

Press Release Milan, 21st of June 2015

Sahaja Yoga Salutes The International Day Of Yoga With The True Meaning Of This Ancient Craft.

Today's celebration of the ancient craft of yoga comes at a time when the world is faced with growing turmoil and uncertainty. The on-going economic crisis, ecological problems and population pressures have created a period of deep unease in many parts of the world, which is why so many have found it necessary to return to the roots of our spiritual ancestry to try and find meaning.

True authentic yoga goes far beyond a few mantras and some physical contortions. It delivers a fundamental shift in an individual's perceptions, a real awakening of the consciousness - and nowhere is this more powerfully felt than through the practice of Sahaja Yoga. This unique meditation was introduced to the world in 1970 by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (www.shrimataji.org), one of the world's most loved spiritual teachers, who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and who dedicated her life to bringing the power of enlightened self-knowledge to the world.

Unlike other practices which charge money, Sahaja Yoga focuses on the meditation itself, rather than books or expensive courses. After learning the basics of how to meditate and achieve thoughtless awareness, each practitioner embarks on a personal journey of discovery through meditation, from which all the physical, mental and emotional well-being comes. There are no exams, no timetables and no catchy marketing slogans, just the meditation and the deep, inner silence that it delivers.

All over the world, tens of thousands of Sahaja Yoga practitioners have found the inner peace which comes from connecting the self to the collective consciousness through yoga, and every week thousands more attend one of the free weekly classes in 126 countries to discover for themselves how their lives can be transformed with just a few minutes of meditation each day. No money is ever charged for the classes, and each practitioner is encouraged to explore this most profound experience at their own pace.

Real yoga has the power to change not just individual lives, but that of whole communities, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Sahaja Yoga programs to help deprived areas across the globe. From the impoverished farmlands of Northern India to the war torn refugee camps of the Middle East, you will find Sahaja Yoga meditation programs striving to make a difference, to bring peace and improvements to traumatic lives. Shri Mataji's work and her vision continue wherever there is a need for spirituality to restore genuine love and humanity.

Visitors to the EXPO 2015 celebration in Milan, Italy, can find more information on the India Basmati Stand or by visiting live.sahajayoga.it for an online introduction seminar to be held to celebrate International Day of Yoga 2015.