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National Yoga Month
National Yoga Month
In 2008, the US Department of Health & Human Services designated September "National Yoga Month" as part of a select number of national health observances. This fact (and about two other sentence) is what it says on the National Yoga Month Wikipedia page. But search for National Yoga Month on HHS.gov and you get... nothing. Nada. Zilch.

Every month, more like every day, is some sort of holiday. So how can we celebrate yoga’s 5,000 years of rich cultural history in a meaningful way? We can start by taking more cues from Earth Month and fewer from National Fish Month (also in September).

A group called Yoga Health Foundationhas become a home base for National Yoga Month - each September rallying over 2,200 yoga studios across the county to participate in helping to spread the word through new student specials and/or free events. This is grassroots level outreach - and this is where it starts.>

Where it goes from here is up to us. Yoga is great exercise, but if it were just exercise wouldn't we feel the same way about it as we do spin or kickboxing. The more we practice yoga, the more we build a powerful mind/body/world connection. And to make that accessible to a wider community, to truly bring it to the masses, we’re going to have to do more than simply name a month.

 

So let's start removing the barriers that keep people from trying yoga: perceived barriers like a prerequisite of being bendy or spiritual, as well as geographic and financial barriers. Here at YogaDownload we are proud to offer over 60 free video and audio yoga classes, in a variety of styles and intensities - not just for a two week trial, but every day and every month of the year, so that everybody can have the opportunity to reap the benefits of yoga, wherever they may be, and not matter how much may they may have. We feel it’s a start.

Today we'd like to ask, what is your experience with National Yoga Month? Did you know it existed? Do you have any personal experiences to share? Has it helped you or someone you know find yoga, or feel closer to your yoga journey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Here's to coming together as a community of yogis and working to bring more awareness to the unparalleled benefits of yoga! And to making it affordable and accessible to each and every person across the globe!


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