The fourth edition of the International Yoga Day 2018 was celebrated with much enthusiasm across the world. From Indian Army personnel at Siachen base camp in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to officials at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad the International Yoga Day wasn’t just limited to the country of its origin but also across the world.
Below are a glimpse into some of the celebrations of the 4th international day of yoga from across the world.
Yoga Day at Disney Land, Paris
At Disneyland Paris the main street was covered with Yoga mats. This was the first time Disneyland, Paris participated in International Yoga Day welcoming yoga enthusiasts, amateurs and novices alike. Their wake-up session was hosted by the famous yogi, Tara Stiles, and 7 like-minded instructors. The extraordinary session took place at the heart of Disneyland Park.
Yoga by PM in Dehradun
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi performs yoga along with participants during the international yoga day celebrations 2018 at Dehradun. He led thousands at the Forest research Institute at Dheradun . Yoga asanas approved under the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) was practiced at the venue to mark the 4th International Day of Yoga.
Indian Air Force too celebrates international yoga day
IAF officials do yoga in the air. They perform vayu-namaskar and vayu-padmasan. They performed asanas in the sky at a height of about 15,000 feet.
INS Viraat in Mumbai
Navy personnel perform Yoga on board INS Viraat, which is stationed in Mumbai. More than 10,000 officials took part in the Yoga camps that were organized by the Western Naval Command. It was a perfect location for Naval officers to come together and perform various yoga exercises. However, the naval ship was decommissioned but still served as a perfect spot for many to mark the occasion.
Hundreds of Jerusalemites found their inner yogis in the Valley of Hinnom on the evening of June 21; 2018 as part of International Day of Yoga. Against the backdrop of the old city walls, participants spent the evening air practicing sun salutations on the lush green grass of the valley. The yoga event was produced by the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, the Jerusalem municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Schusterman Foundation.
Yoga at Rajpath, Delhi
Hundreds of people gathered in Rajpath and surrounding parks to perform ‘asanas’ on the “International Day of Yoga” on Thursday (June 21; 2018) morning. In Delhi, the fourth edition of the celebrations played out at several venues — from the sprawling Rajpath to the lawns of Red fort to old municipal parks and gardens in other parts of the city.
Yoga Day Celebrations in New York
In New York, people gathered at the Governors Island in the backdrop of the iconic Statue of Liberty to participate in the Yoga Day celebration organized by the Consulate General of India. People from various backgrounds, accompanied with their families, participated in the yoga sessions, performing the Surya Namaskar, Pranayama, various yoga asanas and breathing exercises. Among the highlights of the event was an impressive Mallakhambh performance by children. Yoga day designed kits and T-shirts were distributed to those in attendance.
India in Pakistan
Pakistan celebrates peace, happiness and brotherhood on the 4th International Day of Yoga. The High Commission of India in Islamabad on Wednesday celebrated the fourth International Day of Yoga. The event, at the High Commission premises, was graced by over 100 guests from both—Indian and Pakistani—community, a statement from High Commission Office said.
Welcoming the guest from various walks of life, High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria highlighted the immense benefits of the yoga practices. The event started with the live webcast demonstration of Yoga by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dehradun. This was followed by guided yoga and meditation sessions led by Air Adviser Group Captain JT Kurien and Mr Bisaria. Yoga Day celebrations were witnessed in different cities of Pakistan, including Karachi and Lahore, the statement added.
Yoga fans practice yoga at the Qingquan Park in Handan City, North of China’s Hebei province on June 20; 2018 one day ahead of the International Yoga Day.
Locals and monks celebrate the 4th International Day of Yoga at 12,500 feet in Muktinath, Nepal. This Yoga camp was organized by the Indian Embassy at Kathmandu. This event took place on June 17; 2018.
Seoul, South Korea
Over 1000 yoga-loving Korean friends gather at Gwanghwamun square in the heart of downtown Seoul.
Amsterdam witnesses largest ever celebration of International Yoga Day in the Netherlands as thousands flock to the prestigious Museumplein for mass yoga demonstrations. As part of the celebrations there was a group session of traditional Indian yoga followed by a talk and meditation session led by Sri Sri Ravi Shnakar. The grand finale in the evening was amusic concert called “The Soul Shanti Concert” featuring violin maestro Dr. L Subramaniam and Bollywood playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy.
India in Spain
Yoga enthusiasts in Madrid listen to PMO, India on the occasion of the 4th International Yoga Day celebrations at the iconic Conde Duque MAD.
In Ladakh, Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel defied the biting cold weather and performed Surya Namaskar asana (posture), at an altitude of 18,000 feet. The jawans were seen doing yoga wrapped up with thick jackets and woollen caps to beat the chill.