Every year, June 21 is celebrated as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) all over the world. In September 2014, at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the adoption of the International Day of Yoga.
On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had approved Resolution 69/131 declaring 21 June as the ‘International Day of Yoga’. The proposal was endorsed by 175 member states, which led the United Nations to proclaim June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, popularly known as Yoga Day.The resolution was co-sponsored by a record number of 177 countries. Since then, IDY is being celebrated by all the member countries of the UN.The international community has since been celebrating the day with great enthusiasm. India has taken the lead in celebrating the day worldwide to make people aware of the health and spiritual benefits of Yoga, an ancient Indian tradition. Below are some of the events happening in different places around the globe as a prelude to the fourth international yoga day.
To mark the International Day of Yoga 2018, Consulate General of India, New York is hosting Curtain Raiser events that touch on the importance of Yoga and meditation in everyday life.
One of the events in the series was a lecture “Awaken the Leader in You” by Mrs. Jaya Row on Tuesday, May 01, 2018. It was organized in collaboration with Vedanta Society of New York, Ramakrishna Order and Vedanta Vision.
Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General, welcomed the guests and introduced the speaker Mrs. Jaya Row, Vedanta Vision & Moderator, Swami Sarvapriyananda, Vedanta Society of New York. Vedanta Vision is dedicated to the promotion of Vedanta – the science of self management.
Speaking on the topic, Mrs Jaya Row exemplified how Vedanta provides an insight into the human mind and can help an ordinary person transform into an extraordinary leader: a leader who inspired people with a higher goal and a common purpose. Those with an understanding of Vedanta are able to build effective teams, identify latent talent and help individuals become star performers. She identified the traits of great leaders and showed ways to develop them. She said that it is only when leaders are inspired with a higher ideal that they can inspire team to perform.
The talk was moderated by Swami Sarvapriyananda, Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York. Vedanta Society of New York bases its teachings on the System of Vedanta, especially as explained by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) and as demonstrated in their lives.The lecture was followed by an informative Q & A session.
The Embassy of India in Oman has invited all enthusiasts and practitioners of the country to celebrate the fourth International Yoga Day on June 21 by attending a mega yoga session that it will organize at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center.
The fourth International Yoga Day celebrations will include a mega yoga session, based on a common protocol, comprising simple and easy postures, which can be performed by persons not familiar with yoga, under the guidance of qualified instructors. Yoga sessions are also being organised in other cities of Oman, including Salalah, Sohar and Sur
The Embassy of India, Muscat, has been celebrating the day with the support and participation of the Government of Oman, numerous yoga organisations, as well as yoga teachers and practitioners. Last year, the Embassy celebrated the 3rd International Day of Yoga, with more than 4,500 Omani and Indian yoga enthusiasts, practitioners and beginners practising yoga under one roof. Similar yoga sessions were also held in other cities of Oman.
The mega yoga session at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is open to all, including children above the age of 11. The doors will open at 6.30pm and all participants are to be seated by 7.15pm for the session, which will start at 7.30pm.
Yoga t-shirts and yoga mats will be distributed to the participants at the venue.
Organisations and individuals, including Omani nationals, Indians expatriates and other expatriates, who want to participate, are requested to contact the Embassy at 24684514/ 24684517 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Indonesia, the International Day of Yoga has been celebrated three times. However, this year, the event is set to be even bigger, backed by the support of the Tourism Ministry.
The inaugural event kicked off on April 22 at Malang Muhammadiyah University (UMM) in Malang, East Java, and was followed by various events in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Bali, Surabaya and Medan.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said in a statement that yoga was an exercise that focused on strength and breathing to improve one’s mental and physical state. The exercise has attracted many people, including Indonesians. Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat welcomed everyone to join the Yoga Day’s celebration.
The peak of the celebration is scheduled to be held at Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on June 24. This event is expected to welcome around 10,000 participants.
For the main celebration, there will be yoga instructors from India who have been trained in accordance with the International Day of Yoga’s standardized protocol.
Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the city to address a massive rally for the upcoming assembly elections, it is his prospective presence in the city on June 21 – International Yoga Day – that the citizens are more excited about. After creating a world record for the largest gathering of yoga practitioners at a single venue last year, the city is in the race to host the main event of International yoga Day in 2018. It is among the two cities that the authorities have zeroed in to host the celebrations this year; the other city being Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Yoga enthusiasts in the city are hoping that the city, considered the country’s yoga capital, gets the honour of hosting the prestigious event.
Following the success of last year’s celebrations in the city, the Karnataka government has already decided to celebrate the state-level celebrations in Mysuru in a grandiose manner. Now, after making it first to a shortlist of four cities to host the International Yoga Day celebrations, the city is now in a battle with Jaipur. Interestingly, more than 2,000 people have already signed up to participate in the celebrations in Mysuru this year.