What do with significant events of 2014 have to do with yoga? Yoga embraces everything we do on and off the mat. Yoga brings awareness into “how” we do what we do. The world changes as a result of our smallest actions. So be proud of this list, you have probably contributed to it in some big or small way.
10. “Gangnam Style” is the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube. We all danced to this once this year! May 31st
9. Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. It’s time to stand up in integrity, especially in the locker room. Sep 18th
8. Scotland legalizes same-sex marriage. Bravo! It’s good to be Scottish. Feb 4th
7. Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama. Meeting the Dalai Lama changes you. This amazing Tibetan man reminds us that we are all ultimately united and that peace is the most important thing for every human life. Feb 21st
6. There will be an expectation that the next United Nations head will be a woman. It’s very positive to see gender equality in the leadership of our world. Dec 13th
5. 13 years after the twin towers were destroyed in the 9/11 attack, New York’s 104-storey World Trade Center re-opens in Manhattan. Some things take longer than others to re-build. Nov 4th
4. Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; white balloons marking a stretch of the wall symbolize its disappearance. I still remember when the wall came down in 1989, and I think remembering our history stops us from repeating it. Nov 9th
3. The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began. I’m always trying new ways to decrease my environmental footprint. This spurs me on. Dec 4th
2. Remembering great people who died this year:
•B.K.S. Iyengar passes away from heart failure, aged 95 in Pune, India on Aug 20
•Robin Williams died as a result of suicide in his home in Paradise Cay, California at the age of 63 on Aug 11
•Maya Angelou died at the age of 86 due to respiratory failure on May 28
And number one is:
1. Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. She is a courageous and amazing advocate for worldwide education especially for women and girls, a cause close to my heart. Oct 10th
*Much of these events were taken from a long list of 2014 events on historyorb.com & Wikipedia.