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2016 International Day of Yoga at the United Nations

June 20, 2016 – On the summer solstice, one day in advance of International Day of Yoga, I had the pleasure of doing a program with 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the United Nations. We joined the Founder of Isha Foundation, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. As a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and her biographer, I was delighted to moderate Tao’s conversation. Sadhguru’s conversation was moderated by Max Kennedy, author and son of Robert F. Kennedy. The audience included senior UN officials, ambassadors and other dignitaries from various countries.

The topic was “Yoga for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”–how the different physical and mental aspects of yoga can help create a more equitable and harmonious world. Adopted last year by all 193 United Nations member states, the Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a set of 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Yoga provides a framework for more conscious living and decision-making, as well as a path to foster peace.

Underlining that yoga is becoming a world-wide phenomenon, Sadhguru said the science of yoga is not just about health and fitness but it is the “ultimate solution for every aspect of human existence.” Speaking to UN Radio, Tao said she was pleased to see more people participating in yoga and that the ancient practice represents the “breath of eternal.” As for the United Nations, she said the world body was most necessary.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Regina Lee, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Gretchen Robinson and Baiju Mehta at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Regina Lee, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Gretchen Robinson and Baiju Mehta at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy with team from Indian Mission at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy with team from Indian Mission at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Ambassador Tanmaya Lal at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Ambassador Tanmaya Lal at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Ambassador Tanmaya Lal at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Ambassador Tanmaya Lal at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Baiju Mehta, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Baiju Mehta, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Max Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
Max Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
Max Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
Max Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-aba Kennedy and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-aba Kennedy and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Max Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Max Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Max Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Max Kennedy at the United Nations for International Yoga Day – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Trevor Courneen, Baiju Mehta, Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Max Kennedy, Linda Klein, Iris Lee, Regina Lee, Arlene Towers and Ambassador Tanya Lal at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Trevor Courneen, Baiju Mehta, Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Max Kennedy, Linda Klein, Iris Lee, Regina Lee, Arlene Towers and Ambassador Tanya Lal at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Baiju Mehta, Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Max Kennedy, Linda Klein, Iris Lee, Regina Lee, Arlene Towers at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Baiju Mehta, Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Max Kennedy, Linda Klein, Iris Lee, Regina Lee, Arlene Towers at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Baiju Mehta, Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Max Kennedy, Linda Klein, Iris Lee, Regina Lee, Arlene Towers at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Baiju Mehta, Joyce Pines, Gretchen Robinson, 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Max Kennedy, Linda Klein, Iris Lee, Regina Lee, Arlene Towers at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Victoria Anne Strauss and Max Kennedy at United Nations for International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Victoria Anne Strauss and Max Kennedy at United Nations for International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016
Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy and 97-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch at United Nations International Yoga Day event – June 20, 2016