Our mission for this festival is to inspire and connect our communities to live creative, healthy, vibrant and stress free active lives through the practice of yoga and mediation.
The Fourth International Yoga Festival was a one-day event that aimed to spread the joy of wellness while bringing together the local yoga and health enthusiast communities. The festival was filled with yoga classes with famous yoga instructors and a marketplace of health-conscious food from famous restaurants. The festival also introduced other wellness activities that help keep people healthy and positive.
Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body. Together with the Ayuverda tradition, the festival thrives to bring to the city of Vancouver this unity that yoga brings.
The Yoga, an ancient technique of controlling body and mind, widely practiced in India. The technique was originated by Gurus and Saints for combining body and mind by meditation-driven means to achieve liberation. The Yoga has been practiced in vast parts of Asia since ancient time. Yoga gurus from India later introduced it to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, Yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. Further, it is a meditative means of discovering dysfunctional perception and cognition, as well as overcoming it for release from suffering, inner peace and salvation.
The United Nations International Day Of Yoga (UNIDY) occurs on June 21st every year. The goal of this official recognition and celebration is to inspire world citizens to practice yoga in order to be liberated from suffering, develop inner peace, and live a healthy and mindful life.
We envision a world through the yoga festival where each community member is able to bridge the gap between health and happiness. Yoga will hopefully increasingly become a bridge for the entire globe to connect. Yoga festival is a conscious movement celebrating and strengthening our unity. We inspire our communities to practice mindful living. Our efforts will create a bond across the local communities across religions, caste, race and geography. We would like to create a platform for future development of self expression and self realization.
“Traditionally, yoga poses or “asanas”, were developed and practiced in India to help the body and mind develop flexibility during long hours of meditation. What many people don’t know, however, is that yoga is about much more than physical fitness alone. It is a holistic system with the physical component of asanas only forming one out of eight limbs of a complete yoga practice. Yoga means “to unite”, referring to the union of body, mind and spirit.”
- Nirmala Raniga
- Unite the mind & body
- Emphasize the benefits of healthy eating
- Accentuate the Yoga movement in Vancouver