The UN International Yoga Day 2018 was celebrated in grand style on June 21 at Victoria Tower Gardens in the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament.
Minister of State (Independent charge) Manoj Sinha, High Commissioner of India to UK Y.K.Sinha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Thambidurai, Bob Blackman, MP, Co-Chair and Baroness Verma, Member of All Party Parliamentary Group, Indian Traditional Sciences and Sri M were joined by 500 Yoga enthusiasts from all over the country during the inaugural ceremony and subsequent Yoga display.
High Commissioner Y.K.Sinha reminded the guests, sitting on their Yoga mats in the open air garden adjoining the Palace of Westminster, of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s exortations at the inauguration of the 4th International Yoga Day participated by 50,000 Yoga enthusiasts in Dehradun. The Prime Minister had said the biggest mass movement has shown the world the path from ill-health to well-being. This ancient yet modern discipline gives hope for the future of mankind, according to Modi.
Minister Manoj Sinha and Thambidurai also reflected the PM’s universal message for human health following the precept that prevention is better than cure.
Amarjeet S Bhamra, Secretariat APPG Indian Traditional Sciences, congratulated Indian High Commissioner Sinha for his fond interest and dedication to see the installation of Indian Traditional Sciences in the fabric of UK’s National Health Service, which led to the first Centre of Excellence for Yoga and Indian Traditional Medicine opened by Prime Minister Narindra Modi in the presence of The Prince of Wales on the 18th April 2018 in central London.
After a stimulating and informative session of 3 hours held by various expert Yoga teachers including Jyoti Joshi, Dr Nitasha Buldeo, Padma Coram, Devraj S Khalsa, Pandit Satish Sharma, Sushma Bhanot, Joanne Avison, Martin Worthy, and Robin Graham the day continued at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the development of Yoga practice in the U.K. and the affiliations that could be made to integrate it to the NHS.