Monthly Archives: June 2016

2nd International Yoga Day

Join us on 22 June to Celebrate the 2nd International Day of Yoga

Yoga: Connecting Discernment to Decision-Making

It is well recognized that the ancient tradition of yoga reduces anxiety and stress; enhances cognitive performance; increases mental focus and clarity and the capacity to think strategically including reframing problems; promotes emotional intelligence, and improves interpersonal relationships.

Yoga is a significant practice that assists one in experiencing greater clarity of mind and vision. Yoga is a unifying force that harmonizes the spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, perception, and action. It connects person to his real and authentic self, awakening the conscience, the domain in which discernment takes place. It also provides one with the ability to tap into a space of greater creativity and to receive inspiration or envision things in a new way, with ‘fresh eyes’. While this affects a person in one’s individual capacity, at the same time, it also impacts communities, organizations and institutions.

This focus of the mind, thinking more creatively and working more collaboratively through yoga allows for the opportunity of those within the United Nations System to undertake decision-making, legal and policy formation, program implementation and other action in a new manner. By engaging in one form of yoga or another, clarity of vision and action can only have a positive impact of the work of the UN– whether it be selecting the new Secretary General, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals or monitoring compliance by States Parties by the specialized human rights treaty bodies expert committees.