There's a lot to celebrate today. It's the longest day of the year, it's Father's Day, and it's the inaugural International Day of Yoga. Recognized by the United Nations, the International Day of Yoga was inspired by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who addressed the U.N. General Assembly last fall:

"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature."

We couldn't agree more. Here are 21 inspiring Instagram asanas we curated from from around the globe, to mark this special day.

1. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

TaraStilesMalaysia

In Malaysia, yoga rebel @tarastiles had some fun in Tree Pose with her new friend @ernamalia.

2. Boat Pose (Navasana)

CatHayaanMorocco

Miami-based @catvanhaayen rocked a Boat Pose on top of a camel in Morocco.

3. Plank Pose (Phalakasana)

RobertSturmanKenya

Renowned yoga photographer @robertsturman shot this portrait of Jacob Parit Noomek of the Maasai tribe, at the Foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya as part of the Africa Yoga Project.

4. Scale Pose (Tolasana)

ChelseaYogaLA

In Atlanta, Ga., this month's Yoga Journal cover model @chelsealovesyogademonstrated her strength in Scale Pose with a smile.

5. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) Variation

DanaTrixieFlynn

NYC yoga icon @danatrixieflynn is the epitome of Brooklyn hip; making this funky one-handed handstand variation look easy.

6. Headstand (Sirsasana) With Split Legs

FitQueenIreneSUP

¡Vamos a la playa! Mexico yoga retreat leader @fitqueenirene made stand-up paddleboard yoga look pretty enticing with this awesome headstand.

7. Firefly Pose (Tittibhasana)

KathrynBudigNOLA

Everyone's favorite body positive role model @kathrynbudig showed us herTittibhasana in the always eclectic New Orleans, La.

8. Headstand (Sirsasana) Variations

BryceYogaJoshuaTree

Two heads are better than one in Joshua Tree, with Briohny and Dice Iida-Klein of @bryceyoga.

9. Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe-Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana)

LaurenImparatoTimesSQ

Lauren Imparato of @iamyoustudio in Midtown, NYC, where she taught yoga during Athleta's annual "Mind Over Madness" Times Square Solstice, today (June 21).

10. Crescent Lunge (Alanasana) Variation

SadieNardiniCountryside

Somewhere in West Texas ... yoga rocker @sadienardini looked fierce in a unique interpretation of Crescent Lunge, with her "paws up."

11. Flying Baddha Konasana + Seated Meditation

LauraSkyora

In New Jersey, @TwoFitMoms founder @laurasykora leaped for joy over of her daughter on Mother's Day, with this rather illusionist yoga-inspired move.

12. Dancer's Pose (Natarajasana)

GypsetGoddessGrandCanyon

Looking over the edge of the Grand Canyon, @gypsetgoddess posed in this Lord of the Dance variation for her first ever Instagram photo — an impressive 159 weeks ago.

13. Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

LizArchGalapagos

Primal yogi @lizarch got a lesson in Upward Dog from her "Sea Lion Guru" in the gorgeous Galapagos Islands.

14. Bound Head-To-Knee-Pose (Baddha Janu Sirsasana)

YogiMattWaterfall

Nature lover @theyogimatt reminded us of the power in escaping from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and reconnecting to Mother Earth.

15. Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana) Variation

YuladyInstagram

Colombian-born @yulady in Far Hills, New Jersey, in a full split-leg variation of Compass Pose. The cancer survivor never ceases to inspire with her dedication, beauty and resilience.

16. King Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)

VagamonIndia

The Haitian artist @amamakeda in a full expression of King Pigeon Pose in Vagamon; near the border of the Idukki district of Kerala, India.

17. One-Handed Peacock (Mayurasana) Variation

PatrickBeach

"Flying through outer space," as he puts it, yogi and globetrotter@patrickbeach tested his ability to float on sand.

18. Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

YogaNepalConinma

Before the devastating quake in Nepal, @yogaconinma had traveled to the Himalayas for a beautiful change in perspective.

19. Eye-Of-The-Needle Pose (Sucirandhrasana)

YogaOneAUS

Surf's always up in the land of OZ, where @yogaone1 did a few essential stretches before riding the waves in Yallingup, Western Australia.

20. Upward Bow (Urdhva Dhanurasana) With Leg Lift

YogaGirlBeach

Always picture-perfect, Bermuda local and Swedish native @yoga_girldemonstrated the wonders of going barefoot.

21. AcroYoga Meets Parkour

YogaBeyondTurkey

In Dalaman, Turkey, California AcroYoga crew @yogabeyond performed a round of "Sunset Shennanigans," showing us of the infinite possibilities of yoga — a warm reminder that we should never take our practice too seriously.

Cover Photo: Robert Sturman Studio

Additional research by Emi Boscamp, mbg editorial

Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/

 

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