International Yoga Day

Cowdray celebrates International Yoga Day

Cowdray Estate celebrated International Yoga Day on the Summer Solstice, Friday 21st June, with crowds gathering on Lawns polo ground in front of the Cowdray Ruins to enjoy a spectacular evening of yoga, meditation and chanting held in support of St. Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Taking place on a glorious summer’s evening, the event is believed to be largest yoga gathering in the South Downs. The event began with yoga and mindfulness for children, followed by a group class for all, meditation, an OM chant and culminated with live music by Kalil who performed electro beats with sacred healing mantras live.

Earlier in the day, a popular morning of classes, a talk and demonstrations took place at Cowdray Hall, the Estate’s recently refurbished centre for wellbeing. Wellbeing is integral to Cowdray’s ethos and values and this is reflected in the fact that Cowdray has chosen to hold an International Yoga Day.

Lady Cowdray said: “I am delighted that so many people from the community joined us at Cowdray to celebrate International Yoga Day. It was particularly magical to see so many men, women and children enjoying yoga and meditation in such a spectacular setting at Lawns polo ground. The day conceptualises all that we strive to achieve and wish to share with others through the beauty of the Cowdray landscape.”

“Knowing that St. Wilfrid’s Hospice benefited from this key date in the Estate’s calendar made the event even more special. Thank you to all the teachers who volunteered their time to take part in this event and to everyone who worked so hard to ensure that the day was such a success.”

International Yoga Day was inaugurated in 2015 by then Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.  World leaders were encouraged to adopt the day of international celebration of the discipline.  When the idea was proposed at a United Nations General Assembly, it was supported by 177 nations, the highest number for any UNGA resolution, and was passed without needing a vote. It is now celebrated in 192 nations.

Find out more Weekly Classes at Cowdray Hall HERE.

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