International Day of Yoga 2017

International Day of Yoga 2017

The Consulate General of India in Bali organized the 3rd International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the Lapangan Puputan Margarana Niti Mandala, Denpasar on Sunday, 18th June 2017.  The event saw the participation of over 1,000 yoga enthusiasts who flocked to the ground in the early hours of Sunday to participate in one of the

The Consulate General of India in Bali organized the 3rd International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the Lapangan Puputan Margarana Niti Mandala, Denpasar on Sunday, 18th June 2017.  The event saw the participation of over 1,000 yoga enthusiasts who flocked to the ground in the early hours of Sunday to participate in one of the largest exercise of the kind. 

They congregated as early as 5:30 am in the morning and included people from all age groups, all bound by a common thread, an earnest enthusiasm for yoga, a part of the mass movement that yoga has become in Bali.  They were eagerly looking forward to being a part of the historic event.  They were joined by members of the diplomatic corps, senior officials of the Provincial Government of Bali, fitness experts and media personnel to Indonesia.

The International Day of Yoga is an initiative of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. NarendraModi, who in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2014, espoused the benefits of Yoga and proposed the adoption of an International Yoga Day.  India, supported by a record 175 co-sponsoring countries, including Indonesia, moved a resolution for adopting 21st June as the International Day of Yoga and, on 11th December 2014, the UNGA, passed the resolution supported by 193 number of a record countries.  Thus, 21st June 2015 came to be observed as International Day of Yoga for the first time ever.The IDY 2016 in Bali last year saw the active participation of over 3,000 enthusiastic yoga practitioners.

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The event started with the playing of the messages from the Prime Minister of India, Mr. NarendraModi. The Prime Minister, in his message, pointed out that the in the present century, Yoga has connected the entire world, just as it connects body, mind, intellect and soul. For living a life that is free of stress, pain, disease and a life full of happiness, Yoga is the only path.

He said Yoga is medium to experience and realize how holistic life can be lived in a balanced way, how body, mind, thoughts and behavior can lead to an inward journey of healthy and pious life by the practice of yoga.  He urged all the Yoga lovers to make a resolution every year for fixing a target of adding a certain number of new yoga practioners during the year and also to play role in making yoga a mass movement.

He encouraged yoga lovers to play a crucial role in bringing peace and prosperity in the world through yoga. PM invited al not only for being a part of International Day of Yoga celebrations but for generating a general consciousness of yoga among the people to make the people live healthy and converting it into a mass movement.

Sister Janaki of the Brahmakumaris led a Universal prayer session. The yoga session was led by Mr. KiranManoharmal Jain, Yoga Teacher from India and Mr. I GustiRakaPanjiTisna who has done much to propagate yoga in Bali. They started by warming up exercises and Surya Namaskar. Then came the Common Yoga Protocol which lasted 45 minutes.  The Common Yoga Protocol is a series of yoga positions devised to enable a layman to practice difficult yoga without great.

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The yoga enthusiasts were welcomed by the Consul General of India in Bali, Mr. R.O. Sunil Babu. The Consul General welcomed the gathering and stressed on the importance of yoga in alleviating health problems and reducing stress through regular practice of yoga. He stated that he was happy to see that such a large number of people had gathered to practice yoga.  He thanked the Governor and his Government for the support and cooperation they had extended to the Consulate in organizing the IDY.  He also thanked the people who worked tirelessly to help make the third International Day of Yoga such a grand success.

Director of JNICC, Mr. MakrandShukla, the Guest of Honour then addressed the gathering by his inspiring words. The event came to its end by playing of Shanti Mantras as by doing yoga body is relaxed and by chanting shanty mantras it gives immense pleasure and peace to soul which has proved to be a stress buster in this modern hectic life style. This unique event saw an unprecedented rush of people, eager to practice yoga despite the early hours, which showed the enthusiasm which the people of Bali have for yoga.(BTN/r)



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