September is the time to celebrate National Yoga Month; a nationwide campaign that not only aims to increase awareness about the health benefits of yoga, but also how to achieve a completely healthy lifestyle.
The celebration National Yoga Month during September began in 2008.Â The Department of Health and Human Services designated September as the celebratory month and made it part of an exclusive group of national health observance events. Additionally, the 10 City Yoga Health Festival took place at the time and was attended by thousands of yoga enthusiasts.Â It featured yoga classes, exhibits, and other related events. Since its inception, National Yoga Month has served as an awareness campaign and sheds much-needed light on the importance of overall health and how easily it can be achieved.
During preparation for this yearâ€™s National Yoga Month celebrations, many organizations shift their focus to yoga and prepare to offer special deals.Â These annual deals make it easier for people to learn about yoga and enable them experience its benefits. For instance, the Yoga Health Foundation offers a Yoga Month Card, giving new students a weekâ€™s worth of yoga lessons in the months of September and Octoberâ€”free of chargeâ€”at one of over 2,000 participating yoga studios nationwide.
A wide variety of yoga-centric events, many of them global, are being planned for September of 2013. To further spread the central message and meaning of this way of life, Global Mala Yoga for Peace will be held on September 21st and 22nd.Â These series of
events focus around 108 sun salutations, aiming to unite the global yoga community and to foster support for International Peace Day. Global Malaâ€™s celebrations are being held in many cities across the globe. These organizations invite and encourage the public to join the celebration and initiate their own events under the Global Mala Yoga for Peace umbrella.
Another occasion to look forward to is The Time for Yoga.Â On September 30th, all yoga studios, students, and teachers are invited to join a worldwide yoga practice at 7 p.m. local time on the date stated above. A one-hour yoga practice will commence first, followed by savasana at 8 p.m. The celebration will conclude with a 15-minute meditation for universal peace and well-being at 8:15 p.m.