In the Future only the respect and the cult for Life shall count: Life which was given to us – and which we do not know how to create, but should feverously help to preserve – there is no higher value than the respect for that Dava Data – Divine Gift
H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája – President – Portuguese Yoga Confederation
Also in the New Age there will be a total respect for diversity – which is wealth – a manifestation of Intelligence, the reflection of the immeasurable Creative Cosmic Power. The World Yoga Day – WYD, is the Bíja – Seed of those Principles, the awakening of the Consciousness of the Grand Human Brotherhood, that is intended to be Fraternal, and always Solidary, where all people are important because they came from a common DNA.
H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája – President – Portuguese Yoga Confederation
Under the leadership of Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája the Portuguese Yoga Confederation has done stellar work in the promotion of Yoga in Portugal and beyond. (…) The Portuguese Yoga Confederation is an ambassador of peace and goodwill for India.
Your Excellency the Ambassador of India in Portugal – Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra
Its practice contributes for the improvement of the society in which is exerted, allowing citizens of that society to become healthy beings, aware, fraternal and most of all, solidary
Dr.ª Maria Barroso, Godmother of the Initiative
[Yoga] integrates in the practitioners elements of every belief and race; it is practiced in every continent, and by people of all ages. Yoga is Universal.
Dr. Manuel Brito, Former Alderman of Lisboa City Hall
Harmony of human body and mind with the nature is the central theme of Yoga. Celebration of the World Yoga Day coinciding with the Solstice is a re-affirmation of this central theme.
H. E. Mr. B.B. Tyagi, Former Ambassador of India to Portugal
For many, Yoga is not only a method, but it’s also a life philosophy. To nurture the inner and outer harmony with oneself, with others, with nature and planet, should be supported, exercised and publicized.
His Most Reveered Excellency António Vitalino, Bishop of Beja
The fundamental principles and ethical and moral values that guide Yoga – tolerance, justice, conviction, truth – present in Sports as well in Life, constitute, in fact, a way to contribute positively and effectively to fight the major challenges posed to humanity!
Dr. José Carlos Lima, Coordinator for the National Plan for Ethics in Sports
Yet the significance of Yoga remains in that it helps us to move towards good health, peace of mind and to make us contribute to make the world around better.
Hon. Mr. Justice H.L. Gokhale, Supreme Court of India
I take privilege in congratulating you for hosting World Yoga Day in Lisboa, Portugal. Your initiative to spread yoga to promote spirituality is commendable.
Smt. Amrta Rawat, Minister of the Uttarakhand Government
So That all can build up peace in body and poise in mind and live a lovely life within their means with full contentment and satisfaction.
Yogacharia B.K.S. Iyengar, President of the Indian Yoga Association (IYA)
May the World Yoga Day inspire those who are not on the path of Yoga to understand & walk the Path.
Shrí Shrí Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader and Founder of the Art of Living Foundation
Yoga helps one to unite to discover the SELF which is FULL and COMPLETE.
H.H. Paramátmánanda Sarasvatí, Secretary General of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabhá
World Yoga Day is a celebration of that blissful and divine union which imparts eternal peace and perennial joy. The proclamation of this Day on the occasion of the June 21st Solstice signifies the Highest Level of consciousness – the Supreme State of Being.
Yoga these days has become the culture of the day. Today it has spread all over the world. It is very welcoming effort to take this awareness further.
Om Prakash Tiwari, Former Administrator of Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute
Yoga is the redeemer. We need to synergise the efforts of all Yoga Institutions in the world towards this objective of bringing peace, health, harmony and a globe of fearless love between countries and countries.
H.H. Dr. Nagendra Jí, Vice-Chancellor of S-VYASA University
Yoga, being a way of life, deals with maintaining a state of mental and physical equilibrium under all circumstances.
Dr. Pranav Pandya – Chancelor of Dev Sanskriti University – Shántikunj Áshrama
Yoga is the science of cleansing the ecology of the heart and realizing the beauty and grace that is forever within us.
H.H. Svámin Radhanath – Religious Leader of ISKCON – Hare Krshna
An awareness of the self as a spiritual being and a loving, empowering connection with the Divine will enable us to change our thinking and behaviour and bring about a world of peace, truth and beauty once again.
B.K. Dadi Janki – Administrative Head of Brahma Kumaris
Yoga is not only about making our bodies healthy, strong and flexible. It teaches us to make ourselves healthy, strong and flexible.
H.H. Pujya Svámin Chidanand Sarasvátiji Maharaj – Director of Parmarth NIketan Áshrama
In times when Yoga has become a global phenomenon, it is necessary that reverence be given to this ancient science, which thousands of years old.
Shrí Subodh Tiwari – Administrator of Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute
In a spiritual sense, man is born in ignorance but is not destined to remain so. Yoga is a way of moving from ignorance towards knowledge.
Ramesh Bijlani – Spiritual seeker at Sri Aurobindo Ashrama – Delhi Branch
The wisdom, culture, and practice of Yoga have the power to unite all communities, be they religious or secular, in their quest for inner fulfilment, mutual respect, and service to God and other living beings.
H.H. Svámin Yadunanandana – Religious leader of ISKCON – Hare Krshna
Yog offers an excellent means of achieving the goal of “YOGMAYAM VISHWAM KURU” (bringing about Global Pace, progress and prosperity).
Dr. Gopal Jí – President of Global Yoga Alliance
Yoga is an in-depth, wholistic, science of man and indeed the only science that deals simultaneously with all aspects of the philosophy, psychology and practicality of conscious evolution.
Yogacharya Dr. Ánanda Bálayogi Bhavanani – President of Yoganjali Natyalayam
Yoga is beyond and above religion, Yoga is universal. It is the most natural way of maintaining health of the body, mind and spirit.
Dr. D.R. Kárthikeyan – Advisor
World Yoga Day (...) is an important event, bringing various Yoga Schools and Organizations together toward creating a more enlightened and peaceful world.
Ganesh Maclssac - Executive Director, Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, USA
World Yoga Day is a valuable celebration dedicated to the value of this ancient discipline and its ability to transform, heal and enhance the quality of human life.
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD - Assistant Professor of Medecine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research for the Kundaliní Research Institute
The summer solstice marks the point when the Sun appear at its‘ zenith as seen from the poles and also marks the beginning of summer. It is fitting that this shift from periods of greater darkness to more light, from cold to warmth, should been chosen as World Yoga Day.
Dr. Shirley Telles - Director of Research at Patañjali Resarch Foundation, Haridvar - India
On behalf of the Parliament of the World's Religions, I send may warm wishes for your gathering on June 21st with the hope that this will be a day of profound and lasting peace.
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid - Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions
Yoga is an ancient science that guides us to live moment-by-moment and thought-by-thought. It builds the inner foundation for Peace that will surely transform into a World at Peace ! (...) I strongly support and endorse the call for the Proclamation of an International Yoga Day.
Mr. Bawa Jain - Secretary General, World Council of Religious Leaders, USA
Yoga is the Divine Universal Knowledge, the Science of learning and living the most purposeful life. (...) I am glad that H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája is providing inner empowerment to the masses by organizing the World Yoga Day.
Chandra M. Bandhari - Formerly Ambassador of india
Shrí Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanada Jí has been a great propagator of Yoga Philosophy by bringing in the great teachers and propagators of this Philosophy from many different groups from all over the world together on this auspicious Solstice day and conducting the World Yoga Day.
Svámin Ramachandránanda - Architect of the Grand Master Vishnu Devánanda Grotto in Kerala, and Yoga Teacher in Washington DC
Yoga is the path of enlightenment that goes back to thousands of years in ancient India, and it teaches one to create a balance between life and the universe through mutual communion and development.
Chinmay Pandya - Shánti Kunj Áshrama Pro Vice Chancellor Director, School of Yoga and Health Chairperson
Acharya Swami Pranavananda (...) declared This is an Age of Universal Unification (...) the Portuguese Yoga Confederation has been working to propagate the same ideal. World Yoga Day highlights this principle that has attracted all of us who assemble here today.
Svámin Nirliptánanda - Spiritual Leader of London Sevashram Sangha
Bringing together of so many stalwarts, teachers, preachers and Saints from across the world is dauting task but is being ably handled by Portuguese Yoga Confederations. May God, the Lord Almighty bless you.
His Holiness Jagat Guru Acharya Shrí - Krishnamaniji Mahárája
I am enthralled with the Master H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája's idea of celebrating the World Yoga Day for the health, peace and prosperity of Humanity and on behalf of India, support and convey the sentiments of Masters to the United Nations to declare 21st of June as World Yoga Day
Ashok Kumar Aggarwal - Secretary General, Yoga Federation of India
Yoga offers a practicing module for healing the diseased mind and body and therefore, it has earned for itself acclamation and appreciation around the World. Celebrating World Yoga Day is a good occasion to remind the global community of the need and utility of a healthy mind.
Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi - Chief Imam and President of all India Organization of Imams of Mosques
I congratulate Honorable Gurují and the Portuguese Yoga Confederation and Yoga Sámkhya Institute for organizing the World Yoga Day and I pray this day will be a great success as the brothers and sisters from all over the World join hands to pray for world peace.
Father Robin - Representative of Catholic Church from India
One of the possible step to get this traditional science [Yoga] Globally popular and available for every human being would be announcing the official authorization of WORLD YOGA DAY - JUNE every year. I join my hand with Svámin Amrta Súryánanda Jí and ensure all supports from all the members of Ujjain Yoga Life Society for his efforts in this regard.
Pt Radheshyam Mishra - Director, Ujjain Yoga Life Society
To choose o World Yoga Day, especially adopting a date with such global and natural features as the solstice and gathering every part of the world in this spiritual egregore is a divine blessing to all of us and to all beings.
Dr. José Ruguê Ribeiro Jr - Director of Brahma Vidyalaya Yoga School, President of the Ayurveda World Movement
Pratice of Yoga throughout the world on that day will bring the stillness of the body and mind (Chitta Vrtti Nirodhah) like the still sun and shift our consciousness from Yoga as exercise to Yoga as a healing art through self realization.
Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP - President, International Association of yoga Therapists (IAYT)
The summer solstice represents the ideal of Yoga, the ighest Samádhi - the highest spiritual communion - and hence befits the idea of World Yoga Day for people of all cultures and traditions, since Yoga is pure spiritualism that is present in every tradition and it is the play of the primordial energy, that makes everything happen.
C. Rajan Narayanan - PhD, Executive Director of Life in Yoga Institute and Foundation, and Secretary of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International
To be part of a message of love, peace, tolerance, spirituality, joy fullness gives me great pleasure and I hope that the leaders of the World will see more and more how spirituality is a real solution to many of the world's problems.
Mahaprabhu dasa - Communication Director for ISKCON Belgium and Europe, General Scretary of the Hindu of Belgium and Europe
Our souls are swimming in our Lord's Oceans of Mercy, and see that everything is a manifestation of our Lord's Oceans of Mercy - everything.
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim - Leader of Naqshbandi -Haqqani Order - Cyprus
The practice of Yoga, using breath and movement to bring harmony to body, mind and spirit, is a great gift to Humanity at large.
Rabbi David Rosen - International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC and Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Undersanting
Some main gurus representing traditional schools of Yoga would gather together to celebrate at this significant cosmic date a day devoted to Yoga to proclaim its importance as a spiritual force in the contemporary world.
Tara Michaël - PhD in Indian Studies, Studious of Samskrta
It is with great joy that I associate myself, with all my heart to the work of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, and to its President, the Grand Yoga Master Jorge Veiga e Castro. I hope that through his precious initiative, the Yoga practiced in the West becomes increasingly stronger to resist the times of the Kali Yuga.
Eva Ruchpaul - Director of the Eva Ruchpaul Institute, France
The Summer Solstice may be the occasion in these benighted times, to turn on the Light. Everyone has to do what he can to change for the better, and, as Mahatma Gandhi said : ‘Be the change you want in the others.'
Mahámandaleshvar Yogacharini Pandit Gáyatri Devi - Emy Blesio - President of the International Yog Confederation, Delhi, India
WORLD YOGA DAY is also the opportunity to experience unity in diversity.
Swami Súryánanda Saraswati (Amadio Bianchi) - President of World Movement for Yoga and of European Yoga Federation
The universality of Yoga's teaching beyond creeds or ideologies, its adaptability and its enormous value as a reference in the pursuit of happiness, peace and love among the human beings does it of consideration and recognition. (...) From FEYS we support effusively the proclamation of the World Yoga Day on June 21st, the Summer Solstice.
Maestro Surabhi (Antxon Elosua) - President of FEYS - Spanish Yoga Federation Satsanga
It is of paramount importance any initiative such as the organization of the World Yoga Day, aimed at uniting the work of the Yoga Masters from around the world to build Universal Peace and Unity.
Maestro Madhavacharya (Manuel Paz) - Director of Yoga Sanatana Dharma
Thanks to Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája, THE WORLD YOGA DAY is an event of major importance that gives the possibility to meet people with different spiritual visions that have the same aim : the peace and prosperity all over the world.
Mahamandaleshvar Yoga Acharya Svámin Shivánanda Sarasvati - Founder of Súrya Chandra Yoga Ashram, Roma, and Secretary General of the Global Yoga Alliance in Delhi
World Yoga Day brings the attention to the practice of Yoga. It unites the hearts of Yoga practitioners in the whole world. When Yoga practitioners are strongly united even for just one day, a vibration of peace will be created that travels around the world.
Master Sukadev Bretz - Director of Yoga Vidya, Germany
With fullness of the yoga-heart, we commend all who have worked tireslessly to manifest World Yoga Day (...). We know this confluence of spiritual souls and seekers will open many to the magical, mystical, miraculous powers of Yoga.
Paramacharya Sadasivanatha Palaniswami - Editor-in-chief - Hinduism Today, Kauai's Hindu Monastery - Hawaii
The World Yoga Day offers a wonderful opportunity to connect to each others and thus gather strength and momentum for the next step for spiritual movements : networking or cooperation.
His Holliness Sachidanandana Swami - Religious leader of the International Society for Krshna Consciousness - Hare Krshna - ISKCON
For their great work in spreading the ancient wisdom of Yoga, I salute and congratulate the Portuguese Yoga Confederation on the auspicious occasion of the World Yoga Day.
Mahámandaleshwar Svámin Shankarananda - Founder of Shiva Áshrama - Australia
The Yoga Federation of Russia, with much pleasure and joy, welcomes and congratulates the World Yoga Day and sends wishes for success for your celebrations !
Tatyana Konstantinova / Vyacheslav Fadeev - President of the Yoga Federation of Russia / Head Commission certification of the Yoga Federation of Russia
It's very important to celebrate World Yoga Day, in the way this day will apply this individual and universal harmony towards the human society, toward the world, towards every human being.
Thierry Van Brabant - Director of Centre Santosha ASBL
Organization of the World Yoga Day by Portuguese Yoga Confederation is the contribution to the unity and partnership of all the people who take care of their body and are on the way of spiritual development.
Lev Ivanovich Teternikov - Founder and President of Yoga Association in the Soviet Union
WORLD YOGA DAY is an extraordinary occasion to reunite saintly, virtuous and good people ; their beneficial vibrations will positively inspire and affect the entire society.
Parabhakti Dasa - President of Villa Vrindavana, Florence - ISKCON Conmunication Italy Director
I believe that is very auspicious, that in such a special moment of the history of mankind and Europe in particular, the light and the Union, symbols of our beloved Yoga, surely, as energy beings that are, affect positively those who make decisions which are related to the lives of millions of human beings.
Prof. Isidro Fernández - Director of the Escuela Argentina de Yoga
The creation of such an important event in the longest day of the year, can only make flourish the most favourable events to raise human consciousness. I would like to thank H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája and his team for their commitment and efforts to serve humanity.
S.S. Bhai Shaib Hari Singh Khalsa - President of the Sikh Italian Union
The World Yoga Day which was a grand success last year, and would be a greater success this year, bringing many leading Yoga teachers, practitioners and religious leaders in one conference, is a remarkable achievement.
Dr. V. P. Narayan Rao - Chairman fo Shrí Venkateswara Balaji Temple of UK
The 21st of June is a great day for all Yogi. The Summer solstice of the year will be remembered in the world of Yoga as the cardinal day in which all who participate in it, will unite minds and hearts to vibrate in Guna Sattva Shakti and mightily contribute to rebalance peace in the world.
H.H. Shrí Svámin Shankaratilakánanda Paramahamsa - President of the Religious Community Vaidika Pratisthana Sangha, Community of Hindu Vedic Dharma of Spain
A spiritual science, Yoga provides each of us the power to attain inner and outer peace. The Hindu American Foundation wishes you well - may the World Yoga Day on June 21st bring collective harmony to our minds, bodies and intellects.
Suhag Shukla - Hindu American Foundation CO-Founder, Managing Director and Legal Counsel
The ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL DE YOGA will join as possible to the annual celebration of the World Yoga Day, proclaimed on June, 21st, and will make available its resources to divulge it
Mayte Criado - President of the Escuela Internacional de Yoga and Spanish Federation of Professional Yoga-FEYP
The World Yoga Day seeks to unite us all through the discipline of Yoga by bringing into the world harmony, peace & happiness. (...) These kinds of annual events being held outside India, where Yoga is originated, is proof of the positive effects that Yoga has had on the lives of people all over the world.
Guru Jí K.B. Madhavan - Director of Friends of Yoga - Dubai
Yoga is the most precious ancestral legacy given by sacred Rshi. (...) Let's welcome the inspiration of those souls who have entertained the idea of commemorating this important Day, which will allow many people around the world to achieve this sacred knowledge.
Dr. Alfredo H. Lauría - Doctor, Co-director of Ayurveda University, Maimónides - Argentina
In the era of increased human suffering and global crises, there is an urgent need of creating wisdom based society around the world. (...) This is possible by sound understanding of life integration processes, through the increased use of time tested sciences. The creation of the World Yoga Day serve an important milestone in this direction.
Bishal Sitaula, PhD - Professor Department of International Environment and Development Studies - Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
The proclamation of the World Yoga Day is an event more important than the human being can ever imagine, because it is an opportunity for Yoga to open its doors of wisdom, health, consciousness and spiritual development to help to induce a true change in humanity
Damón Ruedas - Director and Founder of the Centro Integral de Yoga, Sevilla - Spain
The desire for peace is so great among us and the conditioning of conflicts is also so strong that a WOLRD YOGA DAY stands as a starting point. But sure enough for existing fully one day, something has at least to start one day or another. So let's proclaim this WORLD YOGA DAY on the longest day of the year, June 21st.
André Riehl - President of the Federation of Traditional Yoga
The United Nations Organization defines Health as : ‘Moral, physical, mental and spiritual prosperity.' The Yoga system is totally sanctioned through this definition, since it envolves moral, education, physical development, mental health and, last but not least, spiritual evolution.
Aishwarya Deví - Mary Soukoulis - Founder of the Rája Yoga Center of Art, Athens - Greece
All scientists of the International society for Scientific Interdisciplinary Yoga Research from Belgrade send support to the proclamation of the World Yoga Day. All professors of the International Academy for Yoga Teachers Education from Belgrade, Serbia give their warm support to proclamation of the World Yoga Day.
Prof. PhD Predrag Nikic - President of Yoga Federation of Serbia
H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Súryánanda Mahá Rája has a powerful vision - that by gathering the world community in one place during the Summer's Solstice to honour Peace for all on the days we remember to invoke and celebrate our largess of inner harmony, and together, heart to heart, we safeguard the sacred purpose of humanity on this earth.
Maya Tiwari - Director, Living Ahimsá Foundation & Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Ltd.
Being a celebration that is candidate to the UNESCO as the first Global Day of Humanity - on the Solstice, 21st of June, this Day for Fraternity, Inter Ethnic, Inter Cultural and Inter Religious, represents, to us, a moment of convergence of wills, among the entities, Beja's City Hall, and the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, towards chairing the highest expectations of Humanity and the will to build a better world.
Jorge Pulido Valente - President of Beja's City Hall
The Inatel Foundation, an entity that has been supporting this event (...) salutes its organization, in a symbolic day, where Humanity and Peace are celebrated.
Fernando Ribeiro Mendes - President of INATEL Foundation
Yoga, as the healing and impartial sun light, is not confined to the East or the West. Whilst the Human Being has an agitated mind, Yoga - the path of the middle, of balance, wil be an absolute necessity.
José Carp - President of Jewish Community of Lisbon
In the current context, when we persist in not learning from past mistakes, initiatives such as World Yoga Day, which celebrates and promotes universal peace, in its boarder sense, are key movements for lighting the path of tolerance, respect for everyone and for what Nature so generously offers us every day.
Dr. Nuno Sequeira - President of Quercus - ANCN
The World Yoga Day Proclamation assumes a special importance in the spreading context, to a global scale, of this spiritual practice which holds values and expressions worthy of the attention and adhesion of the community.
Commander José Vicente Moura - President of the Olympic Committee of Portugal
I am for non-violence, for unconditional love, for consciousness enlightenment and for any philosophy or practice which embraces these concepts. Being Yoga a philosophy and a practice that covers these concepts, nothing better than to celebrate them and reminding them to the World, on the day the Earth is enlightened for longer time and a transforming energy of love and joy invades us.
Ana Zanatti - Actress and Writer
The practice of Yoga and the spreading of its importance to the person's well-being, and the influence that it has on the collective, are never too much to report.
Dr. Vitor Ramalho - Former President of INATEL Foundation
The World Yoga Day is mostly a world celebration, existing already a candidacy in the UNESCO for this day to become the first Global Day of Humanity, gathering a series of countries in one unique cause, peace and solidarity.
Eng. Moreira Marques - Former Administrator of INATEL Foudation - Sports Department