Yogis around the world gathered yesterday for a collective namaste in recognition of International Day of Yoga. Missed it? No worries: The holiday was declared just last year by the United Nations after lobbying from Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, and if these photos show anything, it's that the inaugural celebration was a big success. Here are 7 breathtakingly beautiful photos of gatherings from around the globe that will get you excited to take part next year.
After giving a brief speech, Prime Minster Modi led a session of just under 36,000 people in New Delhi. Guinness World Records announced that the event broke two world records: one for the most yogis practicing together at a single event, and another for the most diverse bunch (people from 84 nationalities, total) to do yoga together at once.
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A sea of yogis showed up to pose in New York City's Times Square, transforming one of the busiest intersections in the world into a place of peace and stillness. A spokesperson for Athleta, which has hosted the "Solstice in Times Square" event for four years now (even before International Yoga Day was launched), told Health that at least 10,000 people showed up to celebrate.
Yoga underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Need we say more?
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Here's a snap from Yoga Day Festival, a free event that happened yesterday in Brisbane, Australia. Yogis also gathered around Australia in Darwin, Adelaide, and Gold Coast.
Two yogis in Beijing, China, celebrated by showing off some partner moves.