Get your yoga on in Dublin this weekend

Events are taking place to mark International Day of Yoga

Get your yoga on in Dublin this weekend

Yoga fans practise yoga on farmland of flowers in China's Hebei Province | Image: Chen Lei/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Yoga is the preferred method to workout and/or relax for millions - so much so, the world is marking it.

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

The ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice is used in various forms around the world.

Recognising its universal appeal, the United Nations has made June 21st the International Day of Yoga.

The theme for 2017 is 'Yoga for Health.'

Organisers say it highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.

The Indian embassy in Dublin is inviting members of the public to take part in a free event on Dartmouth Square Park in the city on Saturday.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Indian Ambassador, Vijay Thakur Singh, will open proceedings at 10.30am. This will be followed by a yoga class led by Louise Horgan.

Speaking about the initiative, Ambassador Singh said: "I look forward to seeing yoga enthusiasts come together in large numbers.

"We are delighted to have support from many organisations, Yoga associations and Indian companies including TCS.

"I am confident that the International Day of Yoga will be a great success in Ireland."

The embassy and Dublin City Council are organising another event on June 21st, in City Hall on Dame Street, where yoga instructors from Yoga Therapy Ireland will be demonstrating postures.

Members of the public are invited to drop in, observe and learn about the practice.

You can find out more details about these events here

Meanwhile, world-renowned American yogi Esak Garcia is in Dublin to bring his 'Jedi Fight Club' training to Ireland for the first time.

Garcia has been a yoga devotee for over 20 years, and was yoga world champion in 2005.

He travels around the world delivering yoga seminars and retreats.

To date, more than 750 yogis have undertaken his training around the world.

Yogis from America, UK, Finland, Canada, Singapore, and Ireland will train with him in Bikram Yoga Dublin City this week.

Studio owner Fiona McNamara said: "We are super excited to be hosting Jedi Fight Club in Dublin for the first time.

"I started training with Esak in the States 10 years ago. It changed my practice, and it changed the direction of my life.

"I left my job as a primary teacher and become a full-time yogi - the best decision I've ever made."