The international day of Yoga is celebrated every year on June 21st and was originally proposed by the United Nations. The purpose of this day is to promote yoga as a way to not only increase physcial activity but also as a way to balance physcial and mental health. Michelle Beckmeier who is with the YMCA says that yoga improves fitness, helps alleviate stress, and teaches correct procedures of how to breath. Beckmeier says that while the Y doesn’t offer yoga it does offer a program called BodyFlow.
The YMCA will be offering free classes that day outside as long as the weather cooperates. The YMCA will also provide mats if needed. Beckmeier says that the UN picked the 21st of June because it’s the longest day of the year.
BodyFlow is a Les Mills yoga-based class that combines elements of yoga, tai-chi, and pilates.