Yoga in Radhadesh
Radhadesh, Belgium, regards yoga as one of its most important aspects. The spiritual community practices both hatha (physical yoga) and bhakti yoga (the yoga of spiritual love). Every year we organise a big yoga festival, where we invite different expert teachers to guide you.
Yoga is a key aspect for every person’s life, whether we just call it stretching or our way of life. Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical process, whose origins can be found in ancient India. The Vedas (ancient Indian literature dating back to about 2000 BC) talk about the practices of yoga in great detail.
International Yoga day
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.
The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states. The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” In this regard, the World Health Organization has also urged its member states to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
But yoga is more than a physical activity. In the words of one of its most famous practitioners, the late B. K. S. Iyengar, “Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
Every Monday and Thursday throughout most of the year, you have the opportunity to follow a Yoga class with some of our resident teachers. It takes place in our Yoga Room at 19:30 and lasts around 75-90 minutes. All levels yogis are welcomed to attend, from the first time yogi to the more seasoned yogi. Classes are given in English and French.
Price: € 5.00 (per session)
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