21st June is International Yoga Day: Know why Munger is called ‘The City of Yoga’.

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Today is 21st June and its International Yoga Day. Kudos to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for making Indian Yoga a global phenomenon on this day as International Yoga Day. This is well remarkable to all Mungeries as Bihar Yoga Bharati (part of Bihar School of Yoga)  the earliest institution to teach the traditional art of Yoga is situated in Munger since 1963.

On 27 September 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the United Nations  General Assembly. Speaking on the subject of yoga, he said:

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Day of Yoga.”

”On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.”

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Though  Bihar School of Yoga, Munger was not part of official celebrations on first International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2015, BSY supported and honoured the first IDY  with its own commitment to using yoga for the well being and happiness of all. The Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal organized special yoga classes-cum-demonstration at 101 places in Munger on the same day. Yoga sessions were held for the masses at ‘Paduka darshan’ in the morning on the premises.

Why Munger is Called ‘The City of Yoga’?

This town has the unique distinction of housing the first University of Yoga in the world, which is the culmination of the vision of Swami Sivananda Saraswati, carried forward by his illustrious disciple Paramahamsa Satyananda.

 Dr A.J.P. Abdul Kalam, President of the  of India(2002-2007) during his visit at BSY Munger with, Swami Niranjanananda and Governor of Bihar

In 2004 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India (2002-2007) named Munger ” the City of Yoga” at his Visit in Bihar Yoga Bharati, & Ganga Dharsan, Munger of the Bihar School of Yoga.

During his address to the residents of Ganga Darshan, the children of Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, and people of Munger, Dr A.J.P. Abdul Kalam, President of the Republic of India shared an emotional and spiritual bond with the Bihar School of Yoga.

During his early address he said ” I admire the great founders of BSY, and so I would like to thank the Almighty for giving the people of India such a beautiful place in which they can dream, think and transform themselves into enlightened citizens.’‘ and called Munger as ‘THE CITY OF YOGA’.

Update of the 4th edition of International Yoga Day from Munger and Bihar School of Yoga would be shared very soon! Stay tuned.

Read more about Bihar School of Yoga

HAPPY International Yoga Day!

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