WORLD’S FIRST FEMALE YOGA MASTER SPEAKS AT THE UNITED NATIONS
“Mother of Yoga” Yogmata Keiko Aikawa Brings Message of Inner Peace, Love and Unity to NYCby: Asian Fusion Editorial team
In a rare speaking engagement for a leading visionary of our time, Ms. Yogmata Keiko Aikawa will visit the United Nations for the international conference, “Celebrate Earth: Sustainable Living, Meditation and Yoga at the United Nations,” an inspiring event celebrating sustainability, yoga and meditation.
Known as “The Mother of Yoga” in Japan, India and Nepal, Ms. Aikawa, the world’s first female and non-Indian Siddha Master, joined dignitaries, yoga and meditation experts, and other guest speakers to promote methods of meditation that develop mindfulness and facilitate individual awareness. The aim of the event was to explore practical methods of coping with everyday problems and to help individuals find balance and harmony in their lives.
“To meditate means to go back to one’s pure, innocent self,” said Ms. Aikawa. “It is a place like a deep, serene ocean, full of life energy. When you are connected to that place, you will obtain infinite energy, and infinite wisdom will spring forth from within you.”
Celebrate Earth: Sustainable Living, Meditation and Yoga at the United Nations took place Friday, May 19, in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber Room at the UN Headquarters, at 45th Street & 1st Avenue in New York City. Opening remarks were given by H.E. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, the Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations. Ms. Aikawa will serve as keynote speaker, followed by two panel discussions with the chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN, the founder of the Prout Research Institute, the Brahma Kumaris representative to the UN, the cofounder of Yoga in Harmony, and a senior research fellow from the World Association of Former United Nations Internes and Fellows (WAFUNIF).
The event—organized by Coplanet International with the sponsorship of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations—is a continuation of the “UN International Day of Yoga,” proclaimed by the UN on December 11, 2014 and is celebrated on June 21 every year. Since December 2016, yoga has been declared an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Ms. Aikawa participated in additional weekend events throughout New York City, including leading the closing mediation at the SoulFest NYCYoga, Meditation, and Wellness Festival on May 20 in Harlem. She also offered a short seminar on meditation with a special blessing for the audience on May 21 as part of the Diksha/Meditation event at the Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga in Gramercy. For more on these events visit www.yogauncp.com.
Yogmata Keiko Aikawa is the first woman and non-Indian to reach the ultimate state of meditative consciousness, and only one of two Siddha Masters ever to appear in public. As a teenager, Yogmata pushed through cultural barriers facing women in both Japan and Nepal to learn and practice meditation and yoga. She has since become an empowering voice and mentor for women and children, a compassionate spiritual leader, and a humanitarian whose charitable work has included the establishment of her organization, NPO: Yogmata Foundation, a social welfare service foundation in India; donating mobile hospitals to remote villages in India; and holding lectures and seminars as part of the World Peace Campaign. Ms. Yogmata has performed 18 public Samadhis, most notably at the Maha Kumbh Mela, a festival held once every 144 years and attended by more than 70 million people, including such prominent figures as Paul McCartney and Madonna. She has traveled widely—in Europe, Asia and North America—promoting a unique form of transcendental meditation she created and, since the 1970s, has taught throughout her native country, Japan. Her global mission, she says, is “to radiate love and bring kindness to all.”
About the United Nations
International Day of Yoga
United Nations International Day of Yoga—proposed by India and co-sponsored by Nepal and 176 other UN member states—was proclaimed on December 11, 2014, to be celebrated on June 21 every year. Introducing the concept at the 69th session of the General Assembly, Permanent Representative of India to the UN Ambassador Ashoke Mukherjee quoted Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi: “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”
About Yoga and The United Nations Culture Of Peace Program
As an organization, our aim is to combine both the principles of Yoga and the United Nations Culture of Peace practical recommendations, and to promote World Peace globally. We foster the creation of local chapters worldwide that use Yoga principles to facilitate the attainment of harmony in the lives of individuals and communities, with simple methods of meditation that thus contribute to create peace. For more on Yoga and the UN Culture of Peace Program, visit www.yogauncp.com.