Welcome – YSN Vol. 4, No. 2 (May 2016)

Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue and Namaste!

Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of YSN, bringing you the news about how the world is gearing up for this year’s International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21st, 2016! Efforts are underway by India’s Modi government to build on the tremendous success of the first IDY in 2015 to achieve an equally impressive celebration this year.

This also marks the first year that three international yoga leaders have been honored with the Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India. This issue features two of those honorees: Dr. H. R. Nagendra, the visionary who left his NASA job in the 1970s to launch a yoga university in Bangalore that has become the world’s premier research institution for yoga. You can read the fascinating interview with him in this issue, and learn about Wai Lana, the Mother of Yoga in China, who has been honored with Padma Shri for her extraordinary achievement in helping to spread yoga across the globe.

Also read about Canada’s first lady, Sophie-Gregoire Trudeau, who credits yoga for changing her life and bringing her a feeling of peace and gratitude. And you will be inspired by Jean Dawson, who celebrated her 100th birthday on February 20, 2016. She is hale and hearty, crediting the Iyengar yoga that she’s been practicing for the past 30 years!

Finally, do you not understand a yoga pose? Not to worry! Google has just updated its search engine to brief you on different poses, as you will see under “Yoga, Health & Wellness.”

We hope you enjoy this issue of YSN, and, as always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or thoughts on any of these articles.

~Editorial Board