International Day of Yoga, or what’s commonly referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated every year on 21st June since its inception in 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year; and ever since the day has been marked an celebrated with full vigor in various parts of the world. Here’s what all is happening and you can be a part of it too. Read on…
Yoga, which originated in India, comprises physical, mental and spiritual practices of the discipline. Yoga is beneficial for holistic wellness, which entails not just our body but also for our soul, mind, and heart. As India and the world gears up for the 4th edition of the International Yoga Day on 21st of June 2018, here’s Yoga is an ancient science which leads to a healthy body, peace of mind and joy in the heart. It can help in the liberation of the soul.
PM Modi in Dehradun on International Yoga Day
Dehradun will be the venue for this year’s national programme on the International Yoga Day. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has confirmed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the International Yoga Day celebrations in Dehradoon on June 21.“The prime minister has special feelings for Uttarakhand and he is coming to Dehradun on the International Yoga Day,” Rawat quoted while addressing the media, adding that the venue for the programme would be close to the Forest Research Institute.
President Ram Nath Kovind in Suriname on International Yoga Day
Uttar Pradesh’s prominent yoga guru, Bharat Bhushan will be performing yoga with President Ram Nath Kovind in Suriname to mark the fourth anniversary of the International Day of Yoga on June 21. Suriname President Desi Bouterse and his cabinet ministers will also be performing yoga at the event.
Baba Ramdev recounts yoga benefits ahead of International Yoga Day
Days ahead of the International Yoga Day, Yoga guru Ramdev said that he wishes to establish world health, peace and harmony through Yoga. Ramdev also emphasized the benefits of fitness by saying that country can be on top if youth and people excel in fitness. “People who perform yoga will never be sad or depressed…they will not even think of committing suicide. With yoga- mind, body, and soul will always be relaxed also youth and people will excel in fitness. For a stress-free and disease-free life yoga is important,” Ramdev told media here.
A Yoga camp has been organized in Rajasthan’s Kota city ahead of the 4th International Yoga Day. A large number of people attended the camp and practiced yoga asanas. Ramdev conducted the Yoga session along with students and youth.
Other Major Events on International Yoga Day
- NDMC Camps for Yoga Day at New Delhi
In preparation of the 4th International Day of Yoga on 21st June, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has started organizing camps on daily basis in many locations. Yoga camps which started on 21st May would continue till 20th June at Talkatora Garden, Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden on daily basis from 6:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Also, camps for children would be conducted on Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Children Park India Gate.
These Yoga camps are organized by NDMC in collaboration with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) and Vivekananda Yogeshram Hospital (VYAH) at Talkatora Garden, Patanjali Yoga Samiti (PYS) at Lodhi Garden and Art of Living at Nehru Park. NDMC is also celebrating the International Day of Yoga as a mega event in New Delhi for the last three years.
This year too New Delhi Municipal Council and Ministry of AYUSH are organizing the fourth International Day of Yoga at Connaught Place in New Delhi on its six radial roads and inner circle road along with three major garden namely Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden where about 10,000 participants were expected to perform the Common Yoga Protocol of Yoga from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on 21st June’2018.
- Yoga Ambassadors’ Tour, Kerala, June 2018
Yoga Ambassador Tour is a specialized familiarization trip for yoga professionals from abroad to India, promoted by the Ministry of AYUSH with the support of Kerala Tourism and the Association of Tourism Trade Organizations, India (ATTOI).
Applications have been invited from established & practicing yoga professionals from around the world to have a first-hand experience of Kerala, the southern state of India, the country proud to be known as the birthplace of Yoga. This 10-day educational tour of Kerala as part of Yoga Ambassador Tour will give an opportunity to the delegates to engage in various yoga-based activities. The tour will be coming to an end on 21st June 2018 which is the International Day of Yoga, and the delegates would also be getting a chance to participate in a mass yoga drill to mark IDY 2018.
- Promoting Women’s Health through Yoga, Mumbai
The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), an Autonomous Body under the Ministry of AYUSH is partnering with some reputed institutions and organized an event on “Promoting Women’s Health through Yoga” in Mumbai on 13th March 2018. The partnering institutions include Kaivalyadhama, Indian Menopause Society (Mumbai Chapter), Navy Wives Welfare Association and the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. The event marked the countdown of 100 days to IDY 2018.