International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day

One of the most breath taking aspects of watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat was seeing the large congregation of yogis out to celebrate International Yoga Day. Now, let me be clear, I am not a namaste kind of person. I have a hard time sitting with my eyes closed and mediating or saying “ommmm” without losing interest half way through the prayer. But this moment of watching everyone, in unison begin their practice of the sun salutation was just, well, centering.

International Yoga day was Sunday, June 21, 2015 and was the first of its kind. It was met with criticism, as are many things in life, but my little slice of International Yoga Day was beautiful and perfect.

International Yoga Day

I have a dirty little secret that whenever there are mass movements of things, say groups of people singing, dancing, laughing, or say, practicing yoga, I can get overcome with emotion and start to get teary eyed. I make up excuses for why my eyes are red, but in this moment, I let the emotion and power of hundreds of people practicing yoga wash over me, and I cried. Laugh at me, judge me or be overcome with emotion with me. Regardless of your response, it was a beautiful moment of people working together, building each other up and finding peace during the sunrise of a lifetime.


LocationLOCATION: Angkor Temples

    • I totally agree! i love yoga and after getting caught up on your recent posts, dang girl! You are so strong in your yoga poses!

    • I am so glad no one is judging me for crying! I am was so nervous to publish that piece of info and feel so blessed to have been supported by the blogging community for showing my emotions :)

  1. It’s so nice to hear someone else is the same as me with regard to tearing up whenever a large group of people work towards the same goal in some way or another – there’s something very special about it, like when people rush to a crisis to restore order. These are great photos Chelsea and are incredibly inspiring considering I’ve been missing practicing yoga lately! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • Thank you Gabrielle! I am so happy to know I am not alone in my “dirty secret” of getting overwhelmed by the moment and letting a tear jump free!

  2. That looks like a beautiful scene to watch, and I can see why you would get emotional. Something about a lot of people working together towards a shared common goal – there aren’t many good news stories in the world so it’s nice to have some now and then!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. Aww, that’s endearing that you get moved by large movements. While I don’t cry, I do get the emotional aspect of it. It’s like, there’s hope n the world, people can peacefully come together!


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