Yoga Day excitement builds up in Poland


A demonstration of a series of simple yoga postures was the highlight of a media interaction in Warsaw on June 17, in the run-up to International Day of Yoga (IDY) on Sunday, June 21. The interaction was organised by the IDY Organising Committee of Poland to brief the media on the events planned in Pole Mokotowskie Park in Warsaw on Sunday. Ms Olga Lasota of the Yoga Association of Poland revealed details of the day-long programme and invited the general public to be part of this excitement.


            Around 20 other cities in Poland [listed below] will celebrate International Day of Yoga with similar events, demonstrating the love Poland has for yoga. Some 300 yoga schools in Poland have been quietly teaching and propagating yoga over the years [list at].


            Briefing the media, India’s Ambassador to Poland, Mr. Ajay Bisaria spoke of the global connection of the event in Warsaw. He recalled that a resolution to celebrate IDY was co-sponsored by 177 countries of the UN in December 2014, after India made a request to declare such a day. He said that yoga was beyond religion and the message of this day was that the world was one family, Vasudeva Kutumbkum; the event was aimed for peace within the individual and for peace in the world. He pointed out that yoga had wide support among people of different faiths and that the event would be celebrated in 250 cities in 192 countries. Ambassador expressed confidence that yoga on such a large scale would nudge the planet towards greater peace and harmony. He congratulated the volunteers and organising committee which had prepared events in Poland with passion and dedication. He said the flashmob on last Sunday in Warsaw had helped create a positive energy around the event and its YouTube video created an infectious enthusiasm about yoga. He thanked the three Polish celebrities [Natalia Przybysz, Edyta Hebus and Malgorzata Pieczynska] who had been effective, passionate and articulate ambassadors of yoga.


            The event in Pole Mokotowskie Park will begin at 08.30 and will be a celebration of yoga: it will offer discussions on the joys of yoga, on yoga for a healthy life and on yoga for beginners.


IDY programme in Warsaw:


7:30 – 8:30 Arrival of yoga session participants “Guinness World Record”


 8:30 – 14:00 hrs Discover Yoga


08:30 – 09:30 Yoga Session with globally common protocol

09:30 – 10:00 Lecture on Yoga – Matthew Deker (philosopher, religious studies)

10:30 – 10:50 Official Opening Ceremony

10:50 – 11:00 Book launch “Cook with Ayurveda for Health”

11:00 – 12:00 Practice with us – yoga session (AHR Yoga on Foksal)

12:15 – 12:45 Lecture about the benefits of practicing yoga – the body – Marta Szczerek
                        (Yoga Medica Center – Yoga-Based Physiotherapy)

12:45 – 13:00 Sneha Bharadwaj – Indian dance show

13:00 – 13:30 Lecture about the benefits of practicing yoga – psyche – Kasia Debicka
                         (Art of Living Yoga)

13:30 – 14:00 Mohini – yoga dance show


 14:00 – 16:45 Yoga for healthy living


14:00 – 14:30 Yoga at Work – Yoga Session (Joga Sztuka Życia and Jogart)

14:30 – 15:00 Acro yoga performance (Astanga Yoga Studio)

15:00 – 16:00 Yoga – Your healthy lifestyle – panel discussion

Experts: Margaret Pieczyńska (Yoga ambassador),
               Przemek Nadolny (yoga teacher of Yoga Republic),
               Eliza Kupidurska – Lekkostrawni (nutritionist) and
               Ilona Pawluk (yoga teacher of Art of Living Yoga and psychologist)


16:10 – 16:50 No stress band – concert


 17:00 – 20:45 Yoga – How to get started

17:00 – 17:45 Yoga for Beginners – a session of yoga (Astanga Yoga Studio and Yoga Republic)

17:45 – 18:15 Myths about yoga – Question and Answer session

18:15 – 18:30 Sneha Bharadwaj – Indian dance show

18:30 – 19:30 Yoga Styles – performance

19:45 – 20:45 Artur Dutkiewicz Solo Piano “Music of Four Cultures” – concert


There will be food court with Indian cuisine (vegetarian) and a relaxation area with comfortable seating and picnic blankets. Children will have a Kids Zone.


Polish cities where the celebrations will be held on June 21: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź, Białystok, Kraków, Poznań, Lublin, Kielce, Opole, Piotrków Trybunalski, Wrocław, Żory, Kluczbork, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Płock, Jastrzębia Góra, Giżycko, Szczecin, Czorstyn and Piła.


Warsaw, 19th June, 2015.