Yoga enthusiasts and first timers can join local yoga teacher Yogi Maya (Maya Carroll) from 2pm at Muri on Sunday.
The Sunday event is free for everyone and is the first-ever worldwide celebration of India’s ancient yoga tradition, with 192 nations around the globe participating on the same day.
With the growing popularity of yoga around the world, the United Nations named June 21 ‘International Yoga Day’ to celebrate and share the holistic benefits of the practice.
The proposal was passed in December last year, with not a single country opposing it, creating a record of sorts.
With the help of India, several Pacific Island nations are participating in the festivities, including the Cook Islands.
The hope is to make it into the Guinness World Records for the largest demonstration of its kind.
“I’m excited to be a part of history and help share yoga with everyone, through our very own Yoga Day celebration in Rarotonga,” says Yogi Maya who will be leading yoga poses during the event.
“It would be amazing to meet our goal of 40 attendees so come and check it out this Sunday; there’s nothing to lose.”
The programme will include gentle, beginner-friendly yoga poses and breathing techniques to calm the body and mind.
Each participant will receive a certificate of completion, with their names being submitted to the Guinness World Records.
Light refreshments will be provided after the yoga session, thanks to Muri Beach Club Hotel.
“This event is a great chance for people to learn what yoga is all about, how to practice, how it can help you and where to begin,” says Yogi Maya.
“I know yoga can be a bit intimidating at first and people think you need to be a certain size or shape to practice yoga, but yoga really is for everyone - you can only start from where you are.”
Studies have shown the benefits of yoga and meditation are vast, some of which include stress relief, weight loss, improved sleep, increased strength, energy and whole body detoxification.
Yogi Maya has been practicing yoga for 10 years and says it has changed her life.
“When I first started I was not very flexible at all and had a really hard time sitting still,” she said.
“I didn’t realize how much stress I was carrying around with me - how that affected everything from my sleep, to my diet and my relationships.”
Once she learned to meditate and incorporate yoga into her life, she says everything became easier.
“All of a sudden, I saw changes in my life that I had always wanted but was never able to actually make happen.
“Yoga creates harmony and balance within us so we can create more of that around us. From there, our goals and dreams just fall into place.”