The High Commission of India in London in coordination with the India Tourism Office is celebrating the 3rd International Day of Yoga in a grand fashion at Trafalgar Square on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 1500 – 2000 hrs. The event is also supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan….reports Asian Lite News
A number of very renowned Yoga Organisations are associated with this event. Each organisation is performing yoga sessions and meditations for around 15 minutes which will be followed by cultural performances.
The High Commission said the aim of this particular celebration is to bring forth, for the benefit of all, the best yogic practices and types to benefit all ages, and especially audiences like small children, pregnant women, the specially-abled, etc
Last year Yoga was performed at events across the world — from New York to Trinidad and Tobago, from the Maldives to Australia, from Tel Aviv to Moscow, from on board Indian naval ships to the heights of Siachen glacier, at schools and in innumerable residential localities — to mark the IDY on June 21.
In India the mega event at Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard and the surrounding green expanse that connects Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace on Raisina Hill, with the World War I memorial India Gate, was replicated across state capitals, cities, towns and rural areas in the country. Prime Minister Modi described the event as the start of a new era for training the human mind for mind-body balance, peace and harmony.
Modi, who himself performed the asanas among the crowd of yoga practitioners at Rajpath, said yoga was not only an exercise to make the body flexible but a path for inner development.
“It marks a new era of training of human mind for peace and harmony,” said Modi, attired in a full-sleeve loose white shirt and white lowers, with a scarf in the saffron, white and green colours of the Indian flag looped around his neck.
Events were held in the morning hours in 192 countries, organised by the Indian missions and yoga centres.
As the sun rose on the globe, the yoga events began kicking off, with the eastern-most countries sending in their pictures.
India notched two world records on the inaugural IDY at Rajpath — for the most number of participants in a yoga lesson with 35,985 at Rajpath — and for the most number of nationalities attending a yoga lesson — with people from 84 countries participating at Rajpath.
Among those performed yoga at Rajpath were US Ambassador Richard Verma, Nepal Ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay, Afghanistan’s Shaida Mohammad Abdali and members of the foreign diplomatic corps and foreign nationals studying in India.
Remarking at the sea of people, Modi said: “Did anybody ever think that Rajpath can become Yogpath?”
Modi did all the 35 asanas listed in the Common Yoga Protocol performed on Sunday. A group of yoga experts performed the yoga exercises on a stage, beamed to the crowd on around 25 large screens, with instructions in Hindi and English.
Modi is a keen yoga enthusiast on whose proposal the UN last year announced holding of IDY on June 21.
Muslims, some wearing the skull cap, took part with enthusiasm despite it being the fasting month of Ramadan. The US envoy said he found the yoga session “excellent”.
Burkina Faso envoy Idriss Raoua Ouedraogo, who has been practising yoga for over 27 years and is a teacher, said he was delighted to have been at Rajpath.
Indian soldiers did yoga at the Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battlefield at 5,400 metres altitude, and in Ladakh and Kargil, besides at all major stations.
The Indian Navy, observing “Yoga across the Oceans”, had ships stationed in international waters, from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, and the crew performed yoga.
The Art of Living said some 50 million people across 132 countries did yoga on Sunday with the spiritual group.