Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There are various types of yoga including (but not limited to) hatha yoga and Ashtanga yoga. The ‘birth’ of yoga has thought to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, however, it was most likely to have developed somewhere between the 5th and 6th century in ancient India.

Today, yoga is practiced in various forms worldwide and is recognised to promote both physical and mental health.

In 2014, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 21 June the International Day of Yoga. The UN has dedicated this international day to this universal element. Since this declaration practitioners in more than 100 countries have planned events around this date to commemorate the International Day of Yoga.

In a time of social and therefore often individual unrest, a new movement is growing that bears a counter-sound – a sound of harmony, peace, and well-being. This manifests itself, among other things, in the growth of yoga activities, yoga studios, and yoga groups. Amsterdam is a city of diversity, a city where everyone can express their own identity in freedom. A city with a high concentration and variety of yoga studios and schools, International Yoga Day Foundation i.o. (hereinafter: The Foundation) wishes to bring the International Yoga Event to Dam Square, Amsterdam on Sunday 16th June 2019.

In the middle of the cultural district of Amsterdam, the Foundation aims to inspire and present a new culture of well-being, health, harmony under a blanket of care and attention and to present it to the public. This international character resonates with the DNA of Amsterdam to promote well-being, harmony, and health in everyone’s existence, in line with the individual needs. Amsterdam has an international character, where everyone is welcome and well-being is central.

The Foundation has made the choice to organize the event on the Sunday before 21 June – to make it more accessible to the general public. The event will be freely accessible to everyone because yoga is practiced worldwide by groups of all ages, all backgrounds, and all possible physical conditions. We expect to be able to host approximately 4000 visitors for International Day of Yoga.

Visitors to the event can expect the following :

  • The central yoga session will be supervised from the stage, the participants will then be with their yoga mats at the event area.
  • Food stalls offering a range of international (healthy) vegetarian food and drinks
  • Workshop stalls where visitors can learn more about yoga, meditation and the art of living.
  • Sponsors stalls to promote their product/service.