In the spirit of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, this year, India is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its independence and celebrating the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) under the theme “Yoga for Humanity”. The Consulate General of India and Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Bali in collaboration with Yog Mantra Bali organized the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at Lapangan Puputan Margarana on Tuesday, 21st June 2022. The event saw the participation of approximately a thousand yoga enthusiasts including VIP guests, consular corps, Indians in Bali, academicians, local officials, yoga experts and media personnel who flocked to the ground in the early hours of Tuesday to participate in one of the largest exercises of the kind.
The International Day of Yoga is the initiative of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, 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 Day of Yoga. India, supported by a record 177 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 a record of 193 countries.
This year is also the second year of the celebration of the International Day of Yoga in the physical mode in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. However, since the pandemic situation normalizes, the Consulate celebrates the 8th International Day of Yoga this year on a bigger scale in front of one of Bali’s renowned landmarks, Monument of Balinese People’s Struggle by observing strict health protocols.
Mr. Prakash Chand, Consul General of India, Bali welcomed the yoga enthusiasts. The Consul General welcomed the gathering and highlighted that Yoga is symbolising the union of body and consciousness. The word ‘Yoga’ which is derived from Sanskrit language, means to join or to unite. Physically, it is the unity of body, mind, and breath. Spiritually, it is the unity of individual energy to universal energy. Socially, it is the connection to all human souls. So yoga is the science of oneness, we are all one and this feeling is yoga. He also thanked Yog Mantra Bali for the support and cooperation they had extended to the Consulate in organizing the International Day of Yoga for the last two years in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. He also thanked the Provincial Government of Bali for extending their wholehearted support to make this event successful.
The yoga session was led by the yoga teachers from Yog Mantra Bali. They conducted Yoga and meditation sessions followed by Shanti Mantra as per the standard Common Yoga Protocol which lasted 45 minutes. The Common Yoga Protocol is a series of yoga positions devised to enable a layman to practice yoga without great difficulty.
The event came to its end by announcement of several exciting door prizes including Yoga’s Teacher Training, 2 nights 5 star hotel stay in Bali, and return flight tickets to Thailand and Singapore, 500 T-shirts, yoga mats and snacks boxes were also sponsored by Yog Mantra Bali. (BTN/r)
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