Wai Lana’s “Namaste” Music Video Played at United Nations in Celebration of International Yoga Day

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As part of the festivities celebrating the inauguration of June 21st as International Yoga Day, Wai Lana’s “Namaste” music video was broadcast at the United Nations. “Namaste” video was also featured at Times Square, where thousands of people gathered to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Namaste Art by Wai Lana
Wai Lana says she wrote the song to help us "remember one of yoga's greatest lessons—humility and respect for others."

As part of the festivities celebrating the inauguration of June 21st as International Yoga Day, Wai Lana’s “Namaste” music video was broadcast at the United Nations.

Present at the special event were India’s UN Ambassador Asoke Mukerji, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, U.S. Representative and first Hindu congressperson Tulsi Gabbard, UN General Assembly president Sam Kutesa, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “Namaste” was also featured at Times Square, where thousands of people gathered to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Wai Lana, who is a world-renowned yoga teacher and host of the long-running public television series, Wai Lana Yoga, produced her new "Namaste" music video "to convey the message that the yoga lifestyle is a simple yet powerful foundation for improving our lives, recognizing that we are all part of one big family, and making this world a better place."

When the United Nation's first declared June 21st as "International Yoga Day," India's Prime Minister called yoga an invaluable gift, a holistic approach to health and well-being. Wai Lana couldn't agree more, saying, "Yoga is a complete way of life where every aspect of our existence comes together in harmony, surcharged with deep meaning and purpose."

Wai Lana's "Namaste" was shot on location in the US, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, India, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, and Poland. The beautiful, creative, and heartfelt performances make "Namaste" a very inspiring and uplifting video and symbolizes the unity and harmony that we can achieve through yoga.

Wai Lana says she wrote the song to help us "remember one of yoga's greatest lessons—humility and respect for others." And she asks each of us to, "Be inspired by Yoga Day to unite together, not only as a nation, but globally, so that we can have more harmony and peace in our lives."

It is Wai Lana's sincere hope that everyone will watch, enjoy and be inspired by "Namaste" not just on Yoga Day but every day, and share this video and the deeper meaning of yoga with their friends and family.

The inspiring Namaste video can be found on the website at http://www.wailana.com and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gPzYEt4U8 where it has already been viewed more than 100,000 times in just a week of launch.

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