2017 International Day of Yoga–21 June

Recognizing Yoga’s universal appeal, in 2014 the United Nations proclaimed June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The resolution by the largest majority of delegates in the his
tory of the U.N.  
Practitioners from around the world have organized a variety of events to celebrate this day. As students of B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings, Living Tradition Yoga looks to practice as the best means to celebrate this day as it was (and is) practice that brought what we know as Iyengar Yoga to full fruition. We encourage all our students to make time for practice on Wednesday 21 June (and every day, for that matter) to celebrate and expand the International Day of Yoga. This helps to reminds us all that yoga is, first and foremost, a practical subject.
In honor of yoga day, the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (R.I.M.Y.I.) of Pune, India has issued a message, and a sequence to honor this year’s International Yoga Day. (For those who don’t know, the R.I.M.Y.I. was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar in the early 1970s. Mr. Iyengar practiced and taught there until his death in 2014. His children, Geeta and Prashant, both highly gifted yoga teachers in their own right, continue to teach there today.) 

Here is the message from R.I.M.Y.I.:  “We have received requests from various associations and teachers for a sequence of practice for the third International Day of Yoga. If our large Iyengar Yoga family across continents would practice the same sequence, then it would be our small tribute to Guruji.

Whenever we talk about ‘Iyengar Yoga,’ we talk about precision and alignment. We insist that if the legs and arms are to be straight in any asana, then the teachers insist on the straightness. “Keep the knees firm and tight. Lock the elbows. Make the legs poker stiff” are the instructions that we often give and hear. It  is this sharpness in the asanas in Light on Yoga that has attracted millions. It is the sharpness in the presentation by Guruji that has inspired generations of yoga sadhakas (practitioners).

Why this insistence on straightness and sharpness? Is it merely for the aesthetic appeal? Guruji has said, “crooked body crooked mind.” When the body is straight and aligned, then the intelligence flows. If there are dents and bends, then the intelligence does not flow. When the intelligence does not flow, there is no awareness. There is stagnation; the asana becomes lifeless. And, if so, how can it be healthy? Guruji has often given us the analogy of the flowing river where there is constant freshness from moment to moment.

So, on this International Day of Yoga, we would be doing the asanas that remind us of this legacy, this tradition of our beloved and revered Guruji.”

And here is the sequence: 


Urdhva Hastasana

Urdhva Baddhaguliyasana


Utthita Trikonasana

Ardha Chandrasana

Virabhadrasana I to Virabhadrasana III


Parivrtta Trikonasana

Prasarita Padotanasana


Parsva Sirsasana

Upavistha Konasana in Sirsasana or Eka Pada Sirsasana

Adho Mukha Svanasana 

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Chaturanga Dandasana



Ardha Navasana

Urdhva Prasarita Padasana

Supta Padangusthasana

Parsva Supta Padanguhthasana

Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana

Upavistha Konasana

Parsva Upavistha Konasana


Eka Pada Sarvangasana


Supta Konasana

Parsva Halasana



Viloma 1 and 2 Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama


For those who would like to print or share the sequence online, here is a link:https://vr2.verticalresponse.com/emails/18691697739115?sk=akYMB2JgRjBLWd0xRAO4F5AtIH9EkkEMkhgsmGIn3JGk=/aHR0cDovL3ZyMi52ZXJ0aWNhbHJlc3BvbnNlLmNvbS9lbWFpbHMvMTg2OTE2OTc3MzkxMTU=/2ZnXvwGLcSRSmeX9vjupQw==