Since the first International Yoga Day held on June 21, 2015, yoga continues to be practiced across the world as a way to exercise the body and calm the mind.


Strong points:

  • International Yoga Day was initiated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • 177 members of the United Nations passed a resolution on December 11, 2014 to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day.
  • Maharishi Patanjali from India is considered the “father” of yoga philosophy.

For many years, yoga has been popular in India as well as across the world and has been scientifically proven to be very beneficial for health.

Dr Mridul Kirti from Melbourne discussed Maharishi Patanjali’s yoga philosophy and the importance of practice in life, saying that yoga is a practice of the heart, mind and body and is a physical activity based on science.

Patanjali Yoga Darshana is a unique and amazing book of yogic science, composed in mathematical language, in a stereotypical style (everything is said concisely).

“It strengthens your journey towards peace and has the basic knowledge to understand the philosophy of life,” Mr. Patanjali said.

Yoga instructor at the front of the class guiding the students.

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Dr. Kirti explained that yoga has been a part of Indian culture since ancient times and, along with meditation, is considered essential in making our body spiritually and scientifically sound.

She said, “In the system of yoga, sage Patanjali introduced (the body movements of) Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhaarana, Dhyana and Samadhi. »

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Explaining further, she told SBS Hindi that the first five were physical actions, which were external efforts to control and discipline the body to elevate the consciousness and the mind upwards, while Dhaarana, Dhyana and Samadhi (a hypothesis, a meditation and a trance) were the subjects of the mind and the inner emotions.

Multicultural group in a yoga studio.

A multicultural group deep in their practice in a yoga studio.

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Dr. Kirti has done poetic and explanatory translations of many texts including “Samveda”, “Ishadi Nine Upanishads”, “Patanjali Yoga Darshan” and “Vivek Chudamani” composed by Shankaracharya. She also translated “Srimad Bhagavad Gita” into Brajbhasha (a dialect of Hindi language)

Explanatory poetic translation of Patanjali Yog Darshan in Hindi released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament

Explanatory poetic translation of ‘Patanjali Yog Darshan’ in Hindi published by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House in New Delhi India on March 14, 2017

Mridul Kirti

A recipient of various awards and recently honored with the Padambhushan Dr Moturi Satyanarayan Award by Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, India, Dr Kirti said the whole philosophy of yoga was an extension of the first two hymns which advocated discipline and thought control.

The philosophy of yoga is the physical, mental, inner and spiritual journey until the mind becomes wise.

The importance of yoga in life has been recognized by celebrating a special day like International Yoga Day.

India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, talked about yoga. Recognizing the usefulness of yoga, members of the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution for an International Day of Yoga.


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