With yoga day looming, it's worth considering the politics that lay hidden beyond the ken of most yoga practitioners. This article does a very good job of explaining the issues. This snippet is a good summary:
Firstly, who decided on the date of International Yoga Day? PM Narendra Modi. Why did he choose June 21 every year? Because June 21 is the death anniversary of the first Sarsanghchalak (supreme leader) of the RSS, Keshav Hedgewar, who like other RSS leaders of the time, abstained from the national freedom struggle from 1925 to 1947. What does Hedgewar and the RSS have to do with “India’s ancient cultural heritage”? Isn’t fixing the date for International Yoga Day a political gambit hidden from the people, not only in India?
Tonight, we are heading across Kyoto to near the Golden Pavilion, where we will attend this event.
An Evening of Meditative Zen, Yoga and Matcha
We are pleased to announce our second Meditative Zen event at Tea Ceremony Camellia GARDEN, on 9th May at 7:00pm.
It is our aim to ease away the physical and mental stresses of the day through Hatha yoga. Our instructor Manu will guide you through several warming postures to clear any energy blockages, leading on to exercises that will help your body relax inside and out.
The class has been tailored to suit all levels, so we hope to offer an evening of calm and inner peace for all attendees.
After the class we will offer Matcha and Japanese sweets so that all our guests can unwind in the peaceful surroundings.
We very much hope to welcome you soon.
◎Date: 9th May at 7:00 pm
◎Place: Tea Ceremony Camellia GARDEN
◎Capacity: 10 people
◎Things to bring: A comfortable outfit, a water bottle for hydration, a towel and Yoga mat*.
*If you don't have a yoga mat, it is fine to use a bath towel.
For an extra 500 yen we can provide you with a yoga mat for the session. Please let us know in advance if you would like to do this.
◎If you want to join the event, or if you have any inquiries, please send us an email.