International Day of Yoga21.06.2015
Embassy of India

Friends of Yoga & Embassy of India Celebrate THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

International Day of Yoga:

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga on Dec 11, 2014. Addressing the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2014, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." On Dec 11, India's Permanent Representative introduced the draft resolution in UNGA. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States, including USA, and the draft text was adopted without a vote. Hence, June 21, 2015 is the first International Day of Yoga. Government of India is planning to celebrate IDY 2015 in all the countries around the world. Embassy of India is planning to organize a series of events culminating on June 21, 2015 to celebrate the IDY.

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Past Events

At Durga Temple, Virginia, in partnership with OVBI, Gayatri Parivar and United Hindu Jain Temples (UHJT)

May 16, 2015
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Free Yoga event at Virginia. Pre-cursor event to celebrate the First International Day of Yoga (June 21st 2015)

Embassy of Washington DC collaborated with Chinmaya Mission (Somnath) to present at its Centre at Chantilly, Virginia, a yoga workshop titled 'Interactive Yoga Workshop' as a Curtain-Raiser to the 1st International Day of Yoga (June 21,2015), attended by about 100 people ,including young children. The event presented Yoga Experiential Sessions including Asanas, Pranayamas and Meditation Formulas, preceded by devotional prayers and a Talk on 'Yoga for Leafing a Joyful Life' by Mission's Yoga Instructor Jay Kalathil.
Embassy Representative on this occasion briefed the audience about the Government of India's plan to celebrate the 1st International Day of Yoga across all countries of the world, including the USA, at a large scale and about initiatives being taken by the Embassy to organize more such IYD pre-curser events in collaboration with other organizations, culminating into the day long June 21 event at the National Mall grounds, CM's Director Ramesh Gola and Yoga Coordinator Rajaram also spoke at the event on the significance of Yoga.

May 2, 2015
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Yoga on the Hill

May 1, 2015: Embassy supported the newly founded Congressional Yogi Association to organize the first-ever “Yoga on the Hill” today. The event was organized to advocate better physical and mental health for US military veterans. Keith Mitchell, former NFL pro and a celebrity yogi, who suffered a paralyzing spinal injury and recovered through the practice of yoga, led the event. Prominent guests who participated were Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Brennan Mullaney (Team RWB- veterans’ welfare organization) and Tom Voss (Iraq War veteran) besides senior Embassy officials. The event was well received and around 60 Congressional officials participated in the yoga and meditation session. (Detailed report given below)
May 1, 2015

Free Yoga Event at the University of Maryland Pre-cursor to the First International Day of Yoga (June 21, 2015).

May 1, 2015: Embassy of India, Washington DC collaborated with DESI (Develop Empower Synergize India) , an organization of Indian students at University of Maryland, Art of Living Foundation (AOL) and Yoga in Life Institute , to organize a 1st International Yoga Day (June 21, 2015) curtain-raiser Yoga Workshop titled 'Breathe Out Your Exam Stress' at an Amphitheater venue in the campus of University of Maryland on May 1st, 2015. The event was attended by about 70 students and faculty members from UMD. In his opening Remarks, Embassy's Minister Mr. M. Sridharan spoke of the background and importance of June 21 having been declared as International Day of Yoga and briefed the audience on Government of India's plan to celebrate 1st IYD on June 21,2015 across all countries of the world, including USA. Exe. Director of Yoga in Life Institute Mr. Rajan Narayanan talked on 'Yogic Understanding of Human System, Source of Stress and De-Stressing with Yoga' . UMD Prof. Angela Bies and AOL Teacher Ms Simran Singh also spoke on this occasion on the subject of Yoga.
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May 1, 2015

Curtain-raiser to International Day of Yoga (June 21st), Embassy of India, Washington DC presents on April 29th, a Talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: "Nurturing Peace through Yoga and Meditation

April 29, 2015: Mission organized a Talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 'Nurturing Peace Through Yoga and Meditation' at the Embassy, which began a series of curtain-raiser yoga events to welcome the First International Day of Yoga (June 21, 2015).
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April 29, 2015