Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker

Whereas The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or join together; and

Whereas Yoga is defined as having eight branches or limbs– Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyhara, Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi; and

Whereas There are over 100 different schools of yoga, including Hatha yoga, Raja yoga (“royal yoga”), Jnana yoga (“path of knowledge”), Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, (“discipline of action”), and Bikram yoga; and

Whereas Yoga embodies unity of mind and body creating a holistic approach to health and increasing the level of well-being; and

Whereas more than 36 million people practice yoga in the U.S,

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 21st, 2017, to be,

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Twenty-First Day of June, in the year two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and fortieth.

By His Excellency               

Charles D. Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth

Karyn E. Polito
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth


God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts