International Day of Peace or “Peace Day” is a global holiday observed every year on September 21 as a way to for humanity to commit to peace above all differences.
As women who often wear many hats and play many roles, it’s important to practice self-care for the sake of our physical health and mental well-being. Technology – smartphones, social media and the internet – provide us with a constant steam of noise making it difficult to listen to the voice within thus achieving inner peace.
One such way we can strike this balance is by simply slowing down, taking the time to be present in our environment and basking in the presence of those around us.
The practice of yoga helps us to do just that with a focus on our breathing and mindfulness. Yoga has been proven to build awareness and harmony while improving respiration, metabolism, flexibility, energy and vitality. In recent years, yoga has become more popular than ever with people of all ages and walks of life recognizing it’s benefits.
Plus-size yoga teacher and author, Jessamyn, has flipped the traditional image of the thin, hippie yogi on its head. Her take no prisoners attitude on social media as a body positivity advocate who loves the skin she’s in has garnered her worldwide fame with roles in commercials and interviews in high-profile publications.
Caption: Jessamyn promotes body positivity with yoga
Yoga is the perfect way to celebrate Peace Day for ourselves and those around us, because we all know, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. This activity helps with managing stress, relaxing the mind, weight reduction, sharpening concentration and creating mental clarity and calmness. Who couldn’t use more of those benefits?
If you’ve never thought to try yoga, find a local class and go. Thanks to its newfound popularity, you can find classes everywhere. It’s low cost and doesn’t cost a fortune to get started. You can even enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.
Caption: Kanessa, pregnant with her second child, demonstrates some of her favorite yoga poses in her Kanessa Blue Pear leggings from her sportswear line.
If you’re still not convinced that yoga is the workout for you but you’d like to get involved, check out these other ways to observe Peace Day:
- Journal about what peace means to you
- Practice mediation for 10 minutes
- Grab lunch with someone you love
- Volunteer or donate to your favorite cause
- Attend a religious ceremony
Mark your calendars for Peace Day on September 21 as a day to be intentional about slowing down and being more present to achieve inner harmony.
On Peace Day at 12 Noon, your local time, join people from all across the globe for a minute of silence and a moment of peace.
How will you choose to celebrate Peace Day?