International Day of Yoga 2017

by Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah

Note: HYSSS published a 63 page booklet to give to participants of the International Day of Yoga event that they organized. Rajah Indran kindly shared a PDF version of this booklet.  This article shares text from that booklet and some of the pictures. The booklet itself is more colorful and artistically presented.

International Day of Yoga 2017. Sabah, Malaysia. Organised by: Himalayan Yoga Science Society Sabah (HYSSS) on 2-07-2017.

Yoga is an invaluable gift of the ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, and the holistic approach to health and well being


THE HIMALAYAN YOGA SCIENCE SOCIETY SABAH was formed to teach Yoga and Meditation within the Himalayan Tradition.

Based on the principles and methodology formulated by Swami Rama of the Himalayas, one of the greatest masters and yogis to come to Sabah.

  • A Self Realized master, teacher, humanitarian, scientist, poet, and master of many arts.
  • Swami Rama taught the principles and teachings of Himalayan Tradition, a lineage of sages going back to ancient times, including sages like Vyasa, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya.
  • Swami Rama gave up the prestigious seat of a Shankaracharya to bring the message and techniques from ancient scriptures to the people of the modern world, to help them deal with challenges of living in today's time.
  • The path of Himalayan Tradition taught by Swami Rama enables one to encounter life positively on its own terms and simultaneously, to grow spiritually within.)


- to help individuals realize their full potential, and lead a healthy balanced life with mindfulness, through teaching of yoga, meditation, and a philosophy of life, as taught by the Himalayan masters.


  1. to alleviate human suffering.
  2. to teach Yoga asanas with emphasis on mindfulness and self-observation to beginners, intermediate and advanced students, of all ages. Yoga performed with mindfulness allows one to refine the body and its movements, while learning to live mindfully and in the present.
  3. to teach the art and practice of meditation to individuals as the central means of growing both in the interior and exterior worlds.

Yoga as we know:

Yoga is an ancient, holistic approach to health and wellbeing that promotes harmony between individuals, their community, their natural environment and the wider world.

“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being.”

“By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.”

Why Yoga?

Yoga is ancient approach to guide individuals with knowledge that helps to develop:

  • The harmonious society
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Knowledge from the ancient masters
  • The outer can change by changing the inner, that the nature of our consciousness therefore affects the nature of our environment.

Types of Yoga

What is Yoga?

  • Yoga is an ancient, holistic approach to health and wellbeing
  • The asanas of yoga can increase your flexibility, strengthen and tone muscles, balance hormones, cleanse and flush the internal systems of your body, calm your mind and reduce stress.
  • But yoga is not solely about exercise. Ancient yogis understood yoga as a complete lifestyle and world view that can help you to discover who you are as well as your relationship to the world and nature
  • As such can provide valuable insights into addressing environmental challenges and promoting peace in the individual, peace in communities and peace in the world.

Vision for a better Humanity

1. To understand

  • Ahimsa principle – Non violence, non hurting
  • Yama
  • Niyamas

2. To Respect

  • In a secular country like ours.

3. To Practice

  • Be a role model for others to follow
  • All the above need to be practiced in our daily life for the full benefits

Overview of Yoga practiced globally

1st International Yoga Day 2015: An International Day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice attributed mostly to India.

A total of 35,985 people participated in the International Day of Yoga's inaugural session in the city of New Delhi, India.

International Day of Yoga 2017: Celebrations across the World. There are country-wide celebrations of International Yoga Day today. People all over the world participated in the event. Yoga events were planned in nearly 180 countries across the world, starting from the United Nations headquarters that has been lit up with images of yoga postures.

Top 5 quotes from PM Modi’s address:

  1. Like salt is essential to food, yoga is important to lead a healthy life.
  2. Yoga has played a big role in connecting the world too. Today, yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga's popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India.
  3. Yoga not only enlightens the body but also the soul.
  4. Wellness more important than simply physical fitness. Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice.
  5. In addition to fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness.

Significance of Yoga

  • May all be happy.
  • May all be free from illness.
  • May all see what is auspicious.
  • May no one suffer.

Om, Peace, Peace, Peace….

Children's Yoga Classes (local, Kota Kinabalu)

Children's Yoga Classes (local, Kota Kinabalu)


Adult Yoga Classes: (local, Kota Kinabalu)


Editor's Note:

The original PDF can be downloaded here.



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