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Tennessee-based Isha Institute Founder Sadhguru to Lead United Nations Yoga Session on International Day of Yoga June 21

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photoSadhguru also speaks with Max Kennedy June 20 and hosts Facebook Live session June 21



MCMINNVILLE, Tenn., June 20, 2016 – In 2014, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in recognition of the mind and body benefits of practicing yoga and its increasing popularity worldwide.


This year’s events will feature yogi and visionary Sadhguru, founder of the international nonprofit Isha Foundation with its U.S. headquarters, Isha Institute of Inner Sciences, located in McMinnville, Tennessee. Sadhguru will lead the UN yoga session and will also take part in a conversation with Max Kennedy, as well as host a Facebook Live session for worldwide participation. Details of each event follow.


“Conversation with Yoga Masters” Featuring Sadhguru & Moderated by Max Kennedy

Monday, June 20; 3-5 pm EDT

UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber

42nd St. & 1st Ave., New York, NY

Building on last year’s success, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations has organized the special event “Conversation with Yoga Masters: Yoga for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Featuring Sadhguru as lead speaker and moderated by author, civil and environmental rights advocate Max Kennedy, this special event seeks to enrich our collective understanding of the unique features of yoga and its central place for the achievement of SDGs. Adopted by world leaders and the UN, SDGs serve as a political vision and a collective blueprint for sustainable development for all countries and people. Public attendance capacity has been reached for this event, but you can register to stream it online at http://isha.sadhguru.org/us-en/sadhguru-united-nations-webstream/.



International Day of Yoga: Sadhguru Leads UN Yoga Session

Tuesday, June 21; 1:15-2:15 pm EDT

UN Headquarters, Secretariat Circle (in front of Secretariat Bldg.)

42nd St. & 1st Ave., New York, NY

With UN officials, ambassadors and dignitaries and members of the public in attendance to mark the second annual International Day of Yoga, renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru will lead the celebration that includes a simple yoga postures and musical incantation. Yogic meals will be served.  UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft is the event’s chief guest. Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach will also address the crowd, and Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, will welcome guests. The event was organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in association with the UN Department of Public Information.


Sadhguru Live on Facebook: “The Only Way Out Is In”

Tuesday, June 21; 5 pm EDT
“The only way to experience true wellbeing is to turn inward. This is what yoga means – not up, not out, but in. The only way out is in.”  – Sadhguru

To commemorate International Day of Yoga 2016, members of the international yoga community and the public are invited to take part in a live interactive video event with Sadhguru on Facebook. RSVP to join the live video stream via this Facebook event. Questions for Sadhguru to answer may be posted in advance on the event’s discussion tab. The live video stream can then be viewed on Sadhguru’s Facebook Page at 5 p.m. EDT on June 21, and an archived copy will also be posted on the site.


About Sadhguru

Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs. Sadhguru has a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, acting as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. Without ascribing to any specific religion, his approach offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful. An author, poet and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the UN, MIT and the World Economic Forum, addressing issues as diverse as socioeconomic development, leadership and spirituality. Sadhguru established Isha Foundation, a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization operating in more than 300 centers worldwide and supported by more than 3 million volunteers. Through powerful yoga programs for inner transformation and self-empowerment, and inspiring social outreach initiatives, Isha Foundation has created a massive movement dedicated to addressing all aspects of human well-being.


For more information, visit www.IshaUSA.org.


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Note to Media:

Public capacity has been met for the “Conversation with Yoga Masters” and the UN Yoga Session; however, media are welcome to attend. Government-issued photo identification is required for entry.


UN Event Details: http://Ishausa.org/UN


Facebook Updates on Isha/Sadhguru Events: https://www.facebook.com/IshaUSA


Sadhguru’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sadhguru/


UN Resolution Establishing the International Day of Yoga: http://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/







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