World-Renowned Yoga Master Celebrates Women as Leaders in Global Peace Movement


WHAT: In honor of the International Women’s Day, Coplanet International will host the Women Leadership Advancing a Culture of Peace, a special evening to celebrate and acknowledge the role of women in spreading a culture of peace across the globe. During this unique time in history when harmony is a welcomed change, attendees will have a rare opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Ms. Yogmata Keiko Aikawa, “The Mother of Yoga,” who advocates for peace through the practice of yoga and meditation. As the world’s first female and non-Indian (Japanese) Siddha Master, she will share her struggles breaking cultural and gender barriers to learn and practice meditation and yoga more than 60 years ago. Ms. Yogmata will also lead a special and rarely available meditation session to help attendees develop mindfulness and individual awareness, and invites you to join. Along with Ms. Yogmata’s inspirational story, attendees will also hear from UN directors and dignitaries and other guest speakers, including spiritual guru and writer Pilot Baba, on the empowering ways women are leading the change for peace through yoga and meditation.

WHEN: Friday, March 9, 6:30-9:00 PM ET

WHERE: Millennium Hilton New York ONE UN Plaza  (44th St. between 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY

WHO: Yogmata Keiko Aikawa is the first woman and non-Indian to reach the ultimate state of meditative consciousness, and only one of two Siddha Masters ever to appear in public. As a teenager, Ms. Yogmata pushed through cultural barriers facing women in Japan, India and Nepal to learn and practice meditation and yoga. She has since become an empowering voice and mentor for women and children, a compassionate spiritual leader, and a humanitarian whose charitable work has included the establishment of her organization, NPO: Yogmata Foundation, a social welfare service foundation in India, donation of mobile hospitals to remote villages in India, and holding lectures and seminars as part of the World Peace Campaign. Ms. Yogmata has performed 18 public Samadhis, most notably at the Maha Kumbh Mela, a festival held once every 144 years and attended by more than 70 million people, including prominent celebrities and figures such as Paul McCartney and Madonna.

BACKGROUND: This special event is a continuation of the “UN International Day of Yoga,” proclaimed by the UN on December 11, 2014 (Resolution 69/131), to be celebrated on June 21 every year. Since December 2016, yoga has been declared an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.