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Artist Spotlight — Robert Sturman: The People’s Yoga

The People's Yoga 2019 wall calendar

Image from The People’s Yoga 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by Robert Sturman. Click for more info.

To celebrate Yoga Day, we’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — The People’s Yoga.

Experience the global connection of yoga in these striking photographs that highlight the serenity of stillness within the hustle, bustle, and grit of modern living. Dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman captures everyday people and yogis from around the world in dynamic moments of this ancient practice. A woman stretching into Scorpion pose in Manhattan; a group of musicians paused in Standing Backbend in Bulgaria; and a police officer meditating in uniform before a Ganesha mural in Venice Beach, California, are just a few of these portraits of quiet strength and everyday life.

Robert Sturman
Location: New York City
Pose: Bakasana – Press Float Back
Photo by Mamaste

Sturman finds great inspiration for the creative spirit within his own practice that allows him to focus on finding beauty everywhere. Through his images, he strives to encourage all of us — at any time and in any place — to experience the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of yoga and to enjoy the diverse beauty found in the moment.

His stunning repertoire runs the gamut: yogis perched on rocks jutting out of the Pacific Ocean; African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya; breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. Sturman has also worked extensively with war veterans who have embraced yoga as a way to help heal PTSD and to try to change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides.

Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist of the 2007 United States Olympic team. In 2012 and 2013 he was the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga practiced around the world.

For more information and to see more of his wonderful photographs, please visit his website. and follow him on Instagram.

More About International Day of Yoga

The word yoga derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21st since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in Bharat or India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of June 21st, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

The theme for the 2018 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is “Yoga for Peace.”


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Loving Day — June 12

Image from our Feathered Friends 2019 wall calendar featuring artwork by Gennine Zlatkis. Click for more info.

We believe that love always wins. It might take patience, courage, and tenacity… but love is what unites us. Loving Day, celebrated on June 12, is a wonderful day to reflect on the power of love. Here’s a bit more about this special day excerpted from lovingday.org: Continue reading

National Library Week — Celebrating 60 Years

We ❤ libraries! How about you?

This week is an opportunity for us to celebrate. Today, April 11, is even a special day dedicated to celebrating the bookmobile!

Here’s a bit more about this week from the American Library Association:

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. Continue reading

Giving Tuesday — Planting Seeds of Kindness

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is an annual opportunity for everyone to commit to supporting a charity that speaks to your heart. Support can come in many forms — some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to share the good works. Continue reading

Happy October Full Moon!

Today is also the Mid-Autumn Festival. Read more from Waverly Fitzgerald >>


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International Day of Peace 2017

Peace Now

Peace Now holiday greeting card. Click for more info.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first official observance of the day was in September 1982.

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016. Continue reading

Happy Summer Solstice! — Eratosthenes’ Inspiration

Seasonal changes are such a delight to the senses. The summer solstice marks longer days, if you live in the northern hemisphere, and ushers in fragrant blooming plants, delicious summer fruit, and adventures with friends and family. But the summer solstice also shares an anniversary of a scientific achievement. Here’s an excerpt from “Summer solstice: the perfect day to bask in a dazzling scientific feat” by Stuart Clark posted on The Guardian: Continue reading

World Environment Day — June 5th

Image from our Call of the Wild 2018 wall calendar featuring photography by Chris Burkard. Click image for more info.

World Environment Day is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you.

How will you celebrate World Environment Day? Here’s some wonderful information from the UN website about this international celebration and the 2017 theme: Continue reading